Wednesday afternoon sees Liverpool take on Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi final. The Reds reached the stage by winning the Champions League whilst Monterrey won the Concacaf equivalent. With the Reds favourites to progress, Liverpool should fear playing Flamengo in the final.
The Brazilian side reached the tournament after winning the Copa Libertadores. The South American side beat Al-Hilal in their semi final on Tuesday afternoon.
Having watched the game, Liverpool should be terrified of Flamengo – not because of their ability but rather because they came across as a frankly thuggish side.
Watching the Brazilians struggle past Al-Hilal was like watching the old Wimbledon Crazy Gang side of days gone by. Whilst the Brazilians finished the game with just three yellow cards it could have and should have been a much higher tally. They got off lightly.
Let’s be honest – this tournament doesn’t mean much to Liverpool and the fans. We are much more concerned with the Champions League and the Premier League. However, it means everything to Flamengo.
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One of the Brazilian side’s most sung songs details how they beat us back in 1981. To this day the fans on the Flamengo terraces sing about their 3-0 win over Kenny Dalglish’s side. Kopites could be forgiven for forgetting the game was ever played.
With the Brazilians so keen to win and seemingly willing to do anything to do so, Liverpool should be worried that Flamengo could inflict injuries to vital players.
The Reds have a hectic winter schedule ahead and have to play Leicester City less than a week after the potential Club World Cup final – it would be a disaster if we lost any players to injury because of Flamengo’s recklessness.