We’re in Doha, Qatar for the 2020 Club World Cup final, as the reigning Champions League holders Liverpool take on Flamengo. The game takes place on Saturday, 12:30 (EST) at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The Brazilian side just defeated River Plate to be crowned the 2019 Copa Libertadores champions, winning the game 2-1. They’ll face one of the best teams in the world, led by one of the best managers in the world.
Who will be crowned Club World Cup champions?
⚽️ Liverpool Vs Flamengo— Talal (@StevenTalal) December 19, 2019
🏆 Club World Cup Final
🗓 21 Dec 2019
⌚️ 8:30 PM
🏟 Khalifa International Stadium pic.twitter.com/MFJEgdoXSx
Liverpool (1.48) vs Flamengo (5.00)
Jurgen Klopps’ men are looking to top last season's success, and are looking in a good position to do just that. They are still in the FA Cup, Champions League last 16, the final of Club World Cup and are runaway favourites to win the Premiership.
Flamengo will have to raise their game from what they took to the Estadio Monumental "U" to turn over the Argentinian giants to win the Copa Libertadores.
The likes of Salah, Mane and their countryman Firmino will cause the Flamingo defense all kinds of problems. Liverpool’s relentless pressing and ability to move the ball around the pitch will likely be too much for the Rio side.
Flamengo have starman Gabriel Barbosa to turn to against the Scousers. Klopp will be well aware of the Inter Milan loanee’s talents, but he will be up against Matip and the worlds’ best centre-back in the form of Virgil Van Dijk.
Take Liverpool to win.
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Parlay Pick: Liverpool to win & over 3.5 goals total (3.38)
Liverpool have won this competition 3 times already, while the Brazilian side have only managed one.
Though that statistic isn’t hugely important, it must be noted that Liverpool are leading the Premier League by 10 points and overturned a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona last season, then went on to win the Champions League.
Liverpool are an attacking team from front to back. They have two of the best wing backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, then the likes of Fabinho and Virgil to keep things steady at the back.
Flamengo won the domestic league this year, and by some distance, with Santos some 16 points behind them at the end of the season. They have some experienced heads in the team too, with players like Felipe Luis and Diego.
Given the way Liverpool have been playing for the past couple of seasons, there are always going to be goals in the final. Flamengo are a strong side, but the over soccer free pick here is a surefire winner in our eyes.
Expect Liverpool to win & over 3.5 goals.
Player Pick: Sadio Mane to score anytime (2.30)
The soccer betting odds favour Liverpool across all wagers, but we wanted to highlight the Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane. He is often in the shadow of his Eygptian teammate Mohammad Salah, but the winger is an unsung hero of this Liverpool side.
The 27-year old has been a revelation since joining in 2016. He’s scored 108 points in 260 games, and put up 54 assists in that time. He’s average an assist every other game, which is what is often missed.
Salah has always been in the spotlight, but Mane is so productive and clinical in front of goal. Klopp will do well to keep hold of him in the coming years.
He’s now in his prime and will be on the radar of the other big European clubs.
Though it was a close game against Monterrey, there is little chance Klopp will let this one slip away.
Take Sadio Mane to score anytime.