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Firmino’s strike clinches the Club World Cup for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has guided Liverpool to their first-ever FIFA Club World Cup trophy.

Jurgen Klopp named a rather strong side to face the Brazilian side Flamengo. And understandably so, as victory in the cup meant making yet another history with Liverpool.

Klopp made four changes to the set of players that started in the semi-final against Monterrey. Virgil van Dijk returned to the team, and so did Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold.

After none of the teams manage to break the deadlock within 90 minutes, the match proceeded into extra time.

Liverpool realized it was now or never for them and finally found the back of the net through Roberto Firmino. Mohamed Salah made a beautiful turn before laying the ball to Alexander-Arnold. The fullback then crossed the ball into Firmino’s path with pinpoint accuracy. The Brazilian made no mistake and made enough contact to put the ball behind Diego Alves.

Liverpool have now won their first-ever Club World Cup trophy under Jurgen Klopp’s management. The Reds are also only the second English team to win the cup after Manchester United won it in 2008 after beating Ecuadorian team LDU Quito.

After three successive seasons, Real Madrid will now pass the Club WOrld badge for Liverpool to wear it on their kit.