The FIFA Club World Cup final is set to take place on Saturday December 21 at the Khalifa Stadium, with European Champions Liverpool facing South American Champions Flamengo.
If the names of the two clubs is anything to go by in this clash, then it literary would mean that the “pool” would provide perching ground for the Flamengos who are known to perch at water sides.
However, both teams come into the final with intention to win their first titles in the tournament. While Liverpool will be seeking their first title, Flamengo will also be doing same.
Liverpool have lost to a Brazilian side at this level before in 2005, when Sao Paulo beat them by 1-0 to win the trophy. They probably will have that history at their memory when they file out against the “pool side feeding birds”.
While it is not yet confirmed if Van Dijk will be available for the final due to illness, speculations suggests that his presence is guaranteed.
Flamengo who will be coming as underdogs will try to keep their pride, by ensuring they will not became the first Brazilian side to lose to an English side at this level.
Since the inception of this championship in 2000, this is the 4th time an English side will be reaching the final, while the 8th for the Brazilian side.
As both sides go head-to-head in a clash to determine which nation will rule the world in club football, pride will be at stake.
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