Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson (C) lifts the trophy after successful the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final soccer match between England’s Liverpool and Brazil’s Flamengo on the Khalifa International Stadium within the Qatari capital Doha on December 21, 2019.
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Liverpool have made successful trophies a behavior in 2019 and Jurgen Klopp’s facet return to England and to their push for the Premier League title galvanised after being topped world champions in Qatar on Saturday.
It is an honour the Anfield facet had by no means earlier than claimed however which is now theirs after Roberto Firmino’s extra-time objective secured a 1-0 victory over Flamengo in a hard-fought Club World Cup last in Doha.
The newest piece of silverware is Liverpool’s third in little over six months after they received the Champions League in June and commenced this season by successful the UEFA Supercup on penalties in opposition to Chelsea.
“The year 2019 for the club has been outstanding,” mentioned defender Virgil van Dijk.
“But we shouldn’t be satisfied with it. We should keep going, keep striving for more, and keep wanting more trophies.”
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Van Dijk returned in opposition to Flamengo after sickness stored him out of the 2-1 semi-final victory in opposition to Monterrey and that dedication to be again taking part in summed up Liverpool’s angle in direction of the competitors.
The Club World Cup just isn’t held within the highest regard in Europe, coming in the midst of a busy membership season.
That is in distinction to South America, with Flamengo’s large assist in Doha exhibiting simply how a lot Saturday’s recreation meant to them.
“It might have been different had we got beat, then maybe some people would have said we were wasting our time or whatever,” acknowledged Andy Robertson.
“But for us even if we did lose it was all worthwhile because we had a chance to win a trophy that the club had never won before.”
He added that “2019 has been incredible, we have won three trophies and hopefully in 2020 there is a couple more for us.”
Liverpool will proceed their defence of the Champions League with a last-16 tie in opposition to Atletico Madrid in February, and host native rivals Everton within the FA Cup third spherical on January 5.
However, the Premier League is the one they actually have of their sights as they search a primary English title since 1990.
As properly because the trophies in 2019, Klopp’s crew haven’t misplaced a league recreation since their very first outing of the yr, at Manchester City. They have received 25 and drawn one among their final 26 within the Premier League.
There was extra excellent news for them on Saturday as nearest rivals Leicester City misplaced 3-1 at Manchester City, leaving Liverpool 10 factors clear on the high with a recreation in hand.
Klopp’s squad have little time for celebrations, nevertheless, as they return to England to organize to go to Leicester on Thursday.
But whereas per week in Qatar may need appeared like an undesirable distraction for some in a busy schedule, Klopp was eager to level out that his crew have nonetheless performed the identical variety of video games as their challengers.
“If we hadn’t played here tonight we would have played at West Ham, so the same number of games, the same situation, and the difference is the climate, even if it was not as warm as probably Europeans would have expected at the moment,” mentioned the German.
“It is still something we have to adapt to. But that is the only thing that is special, so it’s all good, and we need to make sure that we come home safely, and recover in the plane already, and then prepare the Leicester game.”
With a number of gamers already out, nevertheless, the draw back was seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain go off harm within the second half in opposition to Flamengo, and the midfielder could also be set for an additional spell on the sidelines.
“When he was landing he got a kick and rolled over. It is far away from being perfect, but we will see if the ligament is only stretched, or ruptured partly,” Klopp mentioned.
“It’s a big shadow again but that’s how it is in a contact sport.”