Liverpool and Real Madrid are the first two clubs confirmed to be taking part in the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup.
The Reds and the La Liga giants will take part along with another 22 clubs when the tournament rolls around in 2021.
BREAKING: It has been confirmed that both Real Madrid and Liverpool are the first two clubs that will definitely take part in FIFA's first ever 24-team club World Cup.
The competition is set to take place in June 2021 and likely to be hosted in China. pic.twitter.com/HKULI9T7RN
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 18, 2019
The idea of the competition is to gather the 24 best teams in the world to go head-to-head, as we’re used to with the UEFA Champions League.
The last time the Reds took part in this tournament – they were eliminated by Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo in the 2005 final.
As per the Times, UEFA and FIFA have decided that the previous four winners of the Champions League are to compete – hence why Real Madrid and Liverpool are already confirmed.
Only a couple of clubs from each country will be allowed to take part. As it stands, the other English club to join will be rivals Manchester City.
If United are to topple them, however unlikely, then the Red Devils will need to win the Champions League before 2021.
As per the same report, China is the current favourite to host the competition in three years’ time. European clubs now dominate the winners’ circle, with there being only four occasions the winner was from another continent.