Liverpool will travel to Qatar this December to take part in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup after winning the Champions League last season.
The Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid back in June to be lift the European Cup and to book their place in the annual tournament.
As in previous years, the European champions will enter the Club World Cup at the semi-final stage of the competition with the latest edition of the tournament taking place between 11 December and 21 December.
Jurgen Klopp’s side’s semi-final is scheduled to for 18 December, while both the final and third-place play-off take place on 21 December, meaning at least Liverpool’s Premier League trip to West Ham United will be rearranged.
There had been confusion regarding whether the Club World Cup would take place this year after FIFA green-lit plans to revamp it as an expanded 24-team tournament held every fourth summer from 2021.
But the FIFA council decided Qatar would host the next two Club World Cup after meeting in Paris on Monday, ensuring the competition carries on in its current format for the next two years.
Liverpool have never won FIFA Club World Cup before having lost 1-0 to Sao Paulo in Japan in 2005, as well as losing the Intercontinental Cup final 3-0 to Flamengo back in 1981.
Like in 2005, they will enter the seven-team tournament at the semi-final stage as Champions League winners. But who could they face in Qatar?
The 2019 Copa Libertadores champions will also join them in the final four, with the final of the tournament set to take place on 23 November.
The Copa Libertadores is currently at its round of 16 stage, with the next set of fixtures taking place between 20 August and 29 August.
River Plate (Argentina) v Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)
Gremio (Brazil) v Palmeiras (Brazil)
Flamengo (Brazil) v Internacional (Brazil)
LDU Quito (Ecuador) v Boca Juniors (Argentina)
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Monterrey have already booked their place in the World Club Cup quarter-finals as winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.
The Mexican side beat compatriots UNAL 2-1 on aggregate to win the trophy back in May and secure their place in Qatar in December.
Should Liverpool be drawn against the Mexicans, they’ll face off against former Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen and Rogelio Funes Mori – identical twin brother of former Everton defender Ramiro.
CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Esperance de Tunis overcame controversy to win the CAF Champions League to book their own place in the FIFA Club World Cup quarter-finals.
The Tunisian side had also booked their place after winning the CAF Champions League final only for a row over VAR resulting their final victory to be ruled null and void.
Facing off against Wydad Casablanca (Morocco), Esperance drew the first leg of the final 1-1 back in May before taking the lead in the second leg in front of their home fans.
Wydad Casablanca thought they’d equalised on the hour-mark only for their goal to be ruled out for offside, with a VAR review not possible after the system failed.
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Source:: Daily times