Next week sees Liverpool embark on the ridiculous feat of playing two games in two days on two continents in two competitions. The Reds take on Aston Villa in Birmingham on Tuesday evening before playing in Qatar the following day. Liverpool will play Monterrey in the Club World Cup – who are they?
Monterrey are a Mexican side, they qualified for the Club World Cup by winning the Concacaf Champions League – the tournament for North American, Central American and Caribbean sides. It was their fourth Concacaf title, they’ve won their domestic top flight on four occasions also. Monterrey beat Al-Sadd 3-2 in the Club World Cup quarters.
The evil twin
One of Monterrey’s biggest threats is Rogelio Funes Mori – Kopites will remember his twin brother Ramiro Funes Mori from his time at Everton. Kopites will specifically recall Funes Mori’s horror tackle on Divock Origi in the Merseyside Derby. Rogelio is sure to hear it from travelling Reds.
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Style of play
Against Al-Sadd we saw the Mexican side play expansive, fast paced football. They swept forward rapidly and with regularity. Although it is important to note that their opponents were often found wanting defensively.
Much like Norwich at the start of the season, despite their attacking exploits Monterrey are shaky at the back. The semi finalists can consider themselves lucky to be facing the Reds with Al-Sadd having missed some golden chances.
The first goal of the quarter final game was the pick of the bunch. Left back Leonel Vangioni rifled an effort into the top corner from all of 35 yards. It was a truly mesmerising finish. If the Mexican side are to get anything out of the game they will need to defend resolutely and hope that they can conjure some more magic.