FIFA Club World Cup 2019 Semi-Final – Liverpool vs Monterrey Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Liverpool vs Monterrey kick off? Wednesday, December 18th (17:30 UK / 20:30 local)

Where is Liverpool vs Monterrey being played? Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha

What TV channel is Liverpool vs Monterrey on? Liverpool vs Monterrey will be televised live on BBC Two / BBC iPlayer

Where can I stream Liverpool vs Monterrey? Liverpool vs Monterrey will be streamed live on BBC Two / BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Liverpool vs Monterrey? Ticket details can be found here!

THE TEAM NEWS

LIVERPOOL

  • Liverpool continued their magnificent Premier League form as they picked up a 16th win from 17 matches in the league when defeating Watford on Saturday and they will come into this FIFA World Club Cup with a great chance of lifting the trophy.
  • They head to Qatar for the semi-final against Monterrey and have named a strong travelling party of 20 but centre back Dejan Lovren was left at home due to a muscle injury that he sustained in Liverpool’s Champions League game against Salzburg.
  • In better news for the European champions, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is fit enough to be included despite suffering a knock against Watford at the weekend although he is still a doubt for this contest.

MONTERREY

  • Monterrey progressed to the semi-finals of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup as they overcame a gutsy challenge from Al-Sadd but they face a tough proposition to advance to the final as they face Liverpool.
  • The Mexican outfit looked to be coasting at half-time having taken a 2-0 lead against Al-Sadd and despite the Qataris pulling one back to put the pressure on, Monterrey re-established their two-goal cushion before a late consolation effort meant the game ended 3-2.
  • Without Vincent Janssen in the side due to injury, Rogelio Funes Mori did a good job of leading the line and he is likely to be given the task of taking the game to the Liverpool defence.

THE PREDICTION

Monterrey will hope that having spent longer in Qatar and having already played a game in this season’s FIFA World Club Cup will stand them in good stead ahead of this one against Liverpool. The Mexicans should be better acclimatised to the conditions than the English side but that might not be enough to see them come out on top against the European champions. Liverpool have named their best available squad to take part in this tournament and should be too good for the Mexican outfit.

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