Alisson wants to win Club World Cup and make Liverpool history

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Liverpool left it late yet again on Wednesday night to progress to the FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday after Jurgen Klopp's side beat Monterrey 2-1 courtesy of a late Roberto Firmino goal.

It's no surprise that clubs from around the world see the Club World Cup with a bigger importance than Europeans do, and that's why Monterrey's intensity was clearly higher than the Reds'.

The Liverpool manager added: "Will it change the view in Europe?"

"One game is important, but it is not all about that".

The Reds will take on the same opposition in Saturday evening's final. "They were dynamic, aggressive, physical, and we will have to recover quickly".

"We will be a different opponent, of course".

"It's not a competition, it's just to have different options in different moments and the door is wide open that Taki can come in the team". For us, it is exciting and a chance to create history as the first team to win it for the club and that's something you don't have the privilege of doing usually because of the history of the club.

Liverpool earned their place at the Club World Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in June.

He added: "We came out of the game last Saturday and were disappointed with the manner of the defeat".

"Flamengo will be intense, organised, [coach] Jorge Jesus has changed their fortunes and most of their things".

He told in Doha ahead of the game: "I'm excited".

When is the Club World Cup final?

Tomorrow's clash at the Khalifa International Stadium is a repeat of the 1981 Intercontinental Cup when a Zico-inspired Flamengo powered past Liverpool 3-0 in Tokyo.

Liverpool have made a late decision to fly 16-year-old Harvey Elliott to Qatar after the injury he sustained impressing against Aston Villa was not deemed serious.

He's written a piece called "The English contempt for the Club World Cup is simply ridiculous", and said clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona give the tournament a lot more importance than Premier League sides.

"We controlled the game for a long period and then they came with the set-piece". It's big for Brazilians but bigger for who is playing. "But we have to be careful and be focused on the big final that will be".

Flamengo have enjoyed success thanks to their in-form strikers Gabriel Barbosa - on loan from Inter Milan and nicknamed "Gabigol" - and Bruno Henrique. "I think if there were an election at the moment he could become president of Brazil, even if he's from Portugal", the German joked.



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