Liverpool are one game away from Fifa Club World Cup glory as they bid to become world club champions for the first time.

The Reds are in Qatar for the tournament, and needed a late Roberto Firmino goal to beat Mexican side Monterrey and qualify for Saturday’s final.

For the first time in six years, the winning team will not be a Spanish club, with Real Madrid winning four of the last five tournaments and Barcelona’s success in 2015.

Indeed, Liverpool – who qualified following their Champions League triumph in June – are hoping to become the first English side to be crowned Club World Cup winners since Manchester United achieved the feat in 2008.

But to do so, they must beat Brazilians Flamengo – and they will be no pushovers.

(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Here’s what you need to know about the tournament so far…


Qatar will host the tournament for the first time at the Khalifa International Stadium, which has a capacity of 48,000.

How it works

The Champions League winners from each of the six members member associations go head-to-head in an end-of-year tournament in Doha, Qatar.

Given the importance of attracting the best teams to the event, the Uefa Champions League winners and Conmebol Copa Libertadores champions both enter at the semi-final stage.

That leaves the champions from the Concacaf, Oceanian OFC, Asian AFC and African CAF competitions to battle it out for the other two semi-final spots in a four-team knockout stage.

The Khalifa International Stadium will host all of the tournament matches  Photo: AFP

To decide where each team ranks in the final standings, there are fifth-place and third-place play-offs along with the semi-finals and final.


Al Sadd (Qatar)

Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)

Esperance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia)

Flamengo (Brazil)

Liverpool (England)

Monterrey (Mexico)

Flamengo, the Copa Libertadores winners, await Liverpool in the final  Photo: AFP via Getty Images



Al Sadd 3-1 Hienghene


Al-Hilal 1-0 ES Tunis

Monterrey 3-2 Al Sadd

Fifth-place play-off

Al Sadd 2-6 ES Tunis



Flamengo 3-1 Al-Hilal

Monterrey 1-2 Liverpool

(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Third-place play-off

Al-Hilal vs Monterrey (December 21, 2.30pm)


Liverpool vs Flamengo (December 21, 5.30pm)

How to watch

​The BBC have secured the rights to broadcast every Club World Cup match live which is good news for UK viewers.

Liverpool’s fixtures will be shown on BBC TV while every other match will available to watch online and on BBC iPlayer.

Alternatively, Standard Sport will bring you live updates from the action in Doha.

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