Stan Collymore and Michael Owen react to Liverpool win vs Flamengo

Stan Collymore and Michael Owen react to Liverpool win vs Flamengo

Stan Collymore and Michael Owen react to Liverpool win vs Flamengo

It secured the clash with Liverpool, a repeat of the 1981 Intercontinental Cup showpiece in Japan, when Flamengo defeated the European champions 3-0 and ensured to this day their fans still sing long and loud about it.

"He is a powerful forward and he has been great for Brazil".

The Club World Cup is perceived as far more important in South America than it is in Europe and in that sense not much has changed from 38 years ago, when Zico and internationals such as Junior, Leandro, Mozer and Nunes, picked Liverpool apart with three goals in a brilliant first half.

"If one is not scoring the other one, or the other two, are scoring".

The Reds overcame Mexican outfit Monterrey with relative ease in a 2-1 semi-final victory.

This could be closer than the bookies expect and I wouldn't rule out the draw over 90 minutes, especially if Virgil van Dijk (below) is ruled out again.

The German will, however, have to do without Georginio Wijnaldum, who hasn't returned to fitness in time, while Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Fabinho, Nathanial Clyne all remain sidelined.

After beating Flamengo to clinch the Club World Cup on Saturday evening, Liverpool have a legitimate claim to being the world's best team in this moment.

However, the Anfield boss should field a stronger team than the semi-final and I expect the Reds to edge this one.

Liverpool anticipate it will only be allowed to be worn in the Champions League, which resumes in February, rather than weekly in the Premier League. For Flamengo, striker Gabriel Barbosa's attempted bicycle-kick was over the bar.

Firmino made no mistake, and Flamengo were unable to respond.

His two late goals against River Plate last month dramatically gave Flamengo the Copa Libertadores title, and he won Brazil's Bola de Ouro (Golden Ball) award earlier this month. It was the second that lastly punctured the hopes of the Brazilian aspect and their vibrant assist, after Liverpool had been denied a penalty by VAR proper on the finish of regular time.

His start in the 5-0 quarter-final defeat will land League One title hopefuls Falkirk at least another £100,000 on top of that, just in time for the January transfer window.

Anything else catch the eye?

Joe Gomez had to make a last-ditch tackle to foil the risky Bruno Henrique and with skipper Everton Ribeiro dictating in midfield, Flamengo were showing exactly why they became South American champions under the wily charge of Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus.

But the going got heavy and the monotony before halftime was only relieved by a squabble between Mane and Rafinha. "But I'm really happy with Mo's game".

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