Jürgen Klopp’s men have earned the coveted gold badge on their shirt. The Reds beat Flamengo in the Club World Cup final in Qatar to take home the world title at the fourth time of asking. Liverpool winning the Club World Cup should give the side a massive boost in the transfer market.
It was a hard fought win for the Reds yesterday. Klopp’s side missed some glaring opportunities throughout the game but capitalised when it mattered. Roberto Firmino tucked away in injury time following a great ball from Jordan Henderson and terrific work from Sadio Mane.
This game clearly meant a lot to the Flamengo players, certainly a lot more than it did to the Reds. We saw this from the Brazilians’ aggressive style of play but also when Liverpool were awarded a penalty with only moments remaining. Rafinha fell to his knees begging the referee to review his decision.
The stature of this competition is growing in Europe but is already huge in the rest of the world. Liverpool winning the Club World Cup will make the club a more enticing prospect, particularly to South American players.
For a while, many players saw the club as a stepping stone, with their eventual destination being either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Now players will see Anfield as the destination, this has become a team with a winning habit and being crowned champions of the world solidifies that.
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With the Reds rumoured to be making a marquee signing when the Nike deal is announced, Liverpool winning the Club World Cup will serve to cast the net even wider when looking for that big money buy – we will have the edge on other elite sides looking to recruit the next best thing.