Liverpool have confirmed their squad for the FIFA Club World Cup – and Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has been declared fit to join.
The Dutch international was taken off before full time against Watford, with the No.5 clutching his hamstring as he walked off.
ITV broadcaster Sam Matterface claimed that Jurgen Klopp has ruled Gini Wijnaldum out of the Reds’ FIFA Club World Cup squad, but this turned out to be wide of the mark.
Dejan Lovren though will not be making the squad – the Croatian will miss out due to an injury he picked up in the Champions League against Red Bull Salzburg.
The full squad for the games in Doha, as confirmed by the club’s official website, is: Alisson, van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Jones, Alexander-Arnold, Williams.
We kick off our Club World Cup campaign against Monterrey in a couple of days, with the Reds hoping to be crowned the best team in the world a week later.
In the other semi final, Flamengo take on Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal in what should be a straightforward victory for the Brazilian and should – hopefully – set up a rematch of the 1981 Intercontinental Cup final.
But it’s all well and good romanticising that idea – Liverpool have to take on the winners of the CONCACAF Champions League and Flamengo have the AFC Champions League title holders in their way.