Roberto Firmino scored a late goal to grant Liverpool a first Fifa Club World Cup victory as the Jurgen Klopp’s team ended the resistance of Brazilian champions Flamengo in Qatar.
Firmino also scored a dramatic injury-time goal against Monterrey to position Liverpool for the final. He after all battled to grant an undisputed victory in the 99th minute as Liverpool became the second English team to lift the Fifa Club World Cup trophy, after Man United lifted it in 2008.
Liverpool had an injury-time penalty decision canceled after an arguable Sadio Mane trick in a challenge from Rafinha, with referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim reversing his initial decision following the result of a consulted video assistant referee.
Brazil star Firmino wasted an opportunity to put Liverpool ahead at the opening minute at Khalifa International Stadium, striking over the bar before Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold also spurned early chances as the Premier League leaders.
Firmino hit the post and Mohamed Salah shot commanded wide shortly after half-time. Flamengo responded better to early pressure in both first and second halves and posed Liverpool problems, while, striker Gabriel Barbosa’s attempted bicycle-kick typifying the Brazilian side’s steadily growing confidence.
Liverpool endured an injury as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fell awkwardly on his ankle, and looking forward to an extra time, Jordan Henderson’s powerfully curled strike from the edge of the box to superbly tipped over by Flamengo goalkeeper Diego Alves.
Firmino’s breakthrough in the first half of extra time delivered huge relief for Liverpool, meanwhile, Mo-Salah was denied by Alves later-on, the Premier League side were able to run through the second period unharmed.