Liverpool have added the FIFA World Club Cup to the Champions League they won in June after Roberto Firmino’s extra time goal gave them a win over Flamengo.
The Reds thought they’d have the chance to win the tight game in injury time when Sadio Mane was adjudged to have been fouled in the area but VAR overruled the decision and the game went to extra time.
It didn’t take the Premier League leaders long to finally break the deadlock in the additional 30 minutes with Mane getting on the end of a perfect Jordan Henderson pass before setting up Firmino to score in the 99th minute.
Firmino could have decided the game much earlier in the match. In the opening minutes he was played in by a long ball into the box and met the pass only to shoot over the bar with only the keeper to beat.
After that it was a pretty even and open match in which neither side really looked like breaking the deadlock, though it looked like the English side would be able to avoid penalties.
With the clock ticking over into injury time at the end of the second half Mane looked to have been taken out just inside the area by Rafinha and the referee pointed to the spot.
VAR intervened though and the ref, highly criticised on social media even before the controversy, took a look at the incident on the pitchside screen.
On second look it seemed the contact was outside the area and would have meant a free kick and a red card for Rafinha, who was the last man, but instead the ref gave a goal kick.
Fortunately that didn’t matter as, with the South American champions starting to look leggy, Henderson’s ball found Mane who set up the winning goal.
Deep in extra time Lincoln should have equalised for the Copa Libertadores winners when the ball was squared to him inside the box but he blazed over the bar.
Klopp’s side qualified for the tournament by beating Spurs in the Champions League final back in June and entered at the semi-final stage on Wednesday.
The semi against Monterrey came just 24 hours after the Carabao Cup quarter final that they essentially had to forfeit, by playing a very young squad, in order to beat their Mexican opposition a day later.
Firmino scored an injury time winner in the semi-final to take them to the final against Flamengo and added his second important goal of the week even later in the game on Saturday.
Champions of Europe, Champions of the World and now they need to become Champions of England later in the year.