There has never been a better time (in recent history) to be a Kopite. Liverpool have won the Club World Cup in the same fortnight that they have tied down Jürgen Klopp and James Milner to new contracts and landed Takumi Minamino for a pittance. Whilst the Reds are world champions, they shouldn’t go all out for the global title next time they’re up for it.
This month the Reds faced a dilemma – Jürgen Klopp’s men had to play in the League Cup quarter finals on a Tuesday and in the Club World Cup semi finals on a Wednesday.
The gaffer decided to play the kids against Aston Villa and take the first team to Qatar in pursuit of global domination. The kids were inevitably beaten but the 5-0 scoreline was harsh on their performance. The first team went on to be crowned world champions.
This was one trophy that Liverpool were yet to win. Of course, the Premier League is the one opposition fans will point to but football did exist before the 90s and the Reds won plenty of first division titles before then.
Now that Liverpool have won the Club World Cup they can and should neglect it in future. It is simply not worth the injury worries.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, only just returning to his best form, is out for an indeterminate amount of time with an ankle injury sustained in the Club World Cup final. Going into the business end of the Premier League season, an injury to The Ox is grim news.
We have won it now, we are the best in the world. If we were to win the Champions League again in the near future we would not have to prove ourselves again. Send the kids next year if we find ourselves there. This tournament was worth winning the first time but would be a massive gamble to go for a second time.