European champions are anxiously waiting for who will be their opponents in the Club World Cup semi-final 2019, after the draw has just been announced.
Despite having won the European Championship six times, The Kop have never won any Club World Cup titles, since the shock defeat to Sao Paulo 0-1 in the 2005 finals in Japan.
According to the schedule announced on Monday, Liverpool will face the winning club between the Monterrery pair (Mexico, CONCACAF champion) and the winner of the Al Sadd play-off pair (Qatar, Asian champion) – Hienghene Sport (Oceania champion).
However, if Al Sadd won the Asian Champions League, the position would be replaced by runner-up to advance to the quarter-finals. In the other semi-final, the South American champions Libertadores will face Esperance Sportive (Tunisia), the African champions club or the AFC Champions League champions.
Club World Cup 2019, held in December in Qatar, will be the penultimate version of the tournament because from 2021, the Club World Cup will move to a completely new version. At that time, the tournament will bring together 24 clubs, organized every four years instead of being organized every year including seven clubs compared to the old version.
Historically, Liverpool won the 1977 and 1978 European Cup
but refused to attend the Final of the Intercontinental Cup twice to meet South
American champion Boca Juniors. In 1981, The Kop lost to Flamengo in Tokyo and
in 1984, they were also defeated by club Independiente.
Liverpool ‘overwhelmed’ the list of nominees for the 2019 Golden Ball
2019 is a “great” year for English football when the players playing in the Premier League account for half of the 2019 Ballon d’Or nominees list, in which Liverpool contributed 7 names.
France Football Magazine has officially announced the list of 30 bright candidates for the Golden Ball Award 2019, which can clearly see the “overwhelming” of English football. Premier League teams have contributed up to 15 names on the list.
With the European Championship, it is not surprising that Liverpool has 7 players appearing in the Golden Ball nomination list, including Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Alexander-Arnord, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Behind Liverpool is Manchester City with 5 names, while Tottenham contributes 2 players and Arsenal 1 player.