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European club champion Liverpool qualifies for the World Club Championship final after reaching a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico`s Monterrey at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. The Merseyside came out with a rather different lineup, though not as out of the ordinary as it was 24 hours ago. Nabi Keita (11 `) led the Merseyside forward, but just three minutes later Roger Funes Mori leveled. By the end of the match according soccer predictions it was very much the same, with Liverpool having an advantage only in possession of the ball. Jurgen Klop forced the inclusion of the directors Sadio Manet, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino. It was the Brazilian who brought the Reds victory in the extra time and sent the team to the final on Saturday, where Liverpool will meet Flamengo.
The absurd situation, which forced Liverpool to play two games on two different continents in less than 24 hours, provoked a logical reaction from Jurgen Klop and the club management. The German left for Qatar with his main team, and yesterday at Villa Park came out practically the third squad, made up of extremely young players. Expected in the 1/4-finals for the League Cup, this squad, led by team coach under 23, Neil Creechley, lost to the far more experienced Aston Villa team by 0:5.
For today`s match, Klop made five interesting changes. Virgil van Dyke missed the fight because he was ill. Deyan Lovren and Joel Matip did not travel to Qatar because of injuries. That`s why Jordan Henderson, who partnered with Joe Gomez, was retrained as central defender. James Milner did start as a right-back. Georgino Wijnaldum and Fabinho are also injured. The midfield started with Nabi Keita, Adam Lalana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The attack was carried out by Jerdan Shakiri, Divok Origi and Mohammed Salah. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Manet stayed on the bench for the start. There was Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Monterrey had a chance to arrive much earlier in Doha, so the Mexicans were ahead of Liverpool in terms of adaptation. The reason for this is that as early as Saturday, the team had to play a 1/4 final against local Al-Sad. Antonio Mohamed had only made one change from the 1/4 finals. Celso Ortiz replaced Jonathan Gonzalez, who stayed on the bench for the start.
Liverpool expectedly took control from the start, as the Mexicans tried to respect their opponent with quite solid entries. In the 12th minute Salah led with a superb pass to ground Keita, who came alone against Barovero and shot him. Only three minutes later, however, Monterey leveled.
Free-kick centering was not well cleared by Liverpool`s defense. Pabon`s blow from the air was knocked out by Alison, but Roger Funes Mori made a close-up pass - 1:1.
In the 23rd minute, James Milner missed a great opportunity after a fresh pass to Salah put him behind the defense. However, the Englishman`s kick was kicked out by Barovero, after which the Merseyside midfielder tried a supplement, but the guard caught.
Monterey responded with a powerful shot of Pabon from the border of the penalty area. However, Alison intervened Soccer picks - more details and information: Soccer picks
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