Jurgen Klopp’s side will face-off with Brazilian outfit Flamengo in the club’s first CWC final since 2005. The fixture will see a repeat of the 1981 final that saw Liverpool defeated 3-1 by the Copa Libertadores de América champions.
Naby Keita opened the scoring for a much-changed Liverpool side that even saw Virgil van Dijk miss out due to illness.
Rogelio Funes Mori – twin brother of former Everton defender, Ramiro – equalised minutes after Keita’s thrid goal in as many games before Trent Alexander-Arnold came off the bench to set-up fellow substitute Roberto Firmino with yet another injury-time winner.
Following the Reds’ 24th victory of the season, many of Liverpool’s Wolrd Cup finalists took to Twitter to express their delight of reaching yet another final for the club.
The win saw James Milner make his 200th appearance for the Reds. The former Manchester City midfielder started at right-back for Klopp and will appear in his fifth final for Liverpool come Saturday.
After capping two-centuries worth of appearance, the 33-year-old posted a cheeky hashtag which praised the performance of captain Jordan Henderson – who covered at centre-back – by comparing the Liverpool skipper to the legendary defender and Ballon d’Or runner-up Franco Baresi.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) December 18, 2019
Gini Wijnaldum – like Van Dijk – was absent due to injury. The former Newcastle midfielder praised his team’s resilience who could claim a third trophy since June at the weekend.
— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) December 18, 2019
Trent Alexander-Arnold came off the bench to register his 20th assist of 2019 in all competitions. The 21-year-old has more assists than any other player in the Premier League since the start of the year.
Following the win, Alexander-Arnold epitomised the Reds’ never say die attitude by stating the result was ‘never in doubt’.
— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@trentaa98) December 18, 2019
One of Liverpool’s upcoming academy prodigies who recently delivered a man-of-the-match performance against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup was an unused substitute for the semi-final bout.
The 18-year-old was absent from the Reds’ 5-0 defeat to Aston Villa the previous night with Klopp wanting him with the senior squad in Qatar.
Following the victory against Monterrey, Williams was quick to congratulate his teammates following another late Liverpool win.
— Neco Williams (@necowilliams01) December 18, 2019