Date published: Friday 26th July 2019 10:00
Liverpool face a December fixture pile-up after FIFA finally confirmed the dates for this year’s Club World Cup.
As Champions League winners, Liverpool will represent UEFA at the tournament in Qatar, having lost in the 2005 final to Sao Paulo.
The Reds were “surprised” to be entered into the competition as FIFA are believed to be revising the format.
But FIFA confirmed it will take place in the usual structure, with at least three of the seven participants having already qualified.
Liverpool will enter at the semi-final stage, with their opponents to be decided by a draw at a later date.
They will play on December 18 before the final on December 21, which means their Premier League game against West Ham on the same day is likely to be moved.
Their game against Leicester on Boxing Day will not be affected, but a league game against Watford (December 14) and a potential League Cup quarter-final (December 17/18) will only add to the fixture pile-up. Not that it will affect their title chances…
Teams qualified for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup
Hienghene Sport (OFC)
Al-Sadd (hosts, but will be replaced if a team from Qatar wins the AFC Champions League)
Remaining places to be decided
CONMEBOL representatives (winner of the Copa Libertadores, which is at the round-of-16 stage)
AFC representatives (winner of the AFC Champions League, which is at the round-of-16 stage)
CAF representatives (winner of the CAF Champions League, which is at the final stage between Wydad Casablanca and Esperance de Tunis)
FIFA Club World Cup 2019 dates
Match 1 – Al Sadd SC v Hienghene Sport (December 11)
Match 2 – Winner of Match 1 v Team B (Monterrey/AFC/CAF) (December 14)
Match 3 – Team C (Monterrey/AFC/CAF) v Team D (Monterrey/AFC/CAF) (December 14)
Play-off for 5th place between losers of Match 2 and Match 3 on December 17
Winner of Match 2 or Match 3 v CONMEBOL representatives (December 17)
Winner of Match 2 or Match 3 v Liverpool (December 18)
Play-off for 3rd place (December 21)
Final (December 21)