Should Klopp Send A Weakened Side To The Club World Cup?
The Champions League win at the backend of last season was a perfect end to a near faultless season for Liverpool. However, the win means that they must not participate in the FIFA Club World Cup at the end of 2019, and what had been treated as a major trophy when Manchester United were involved in 2009, has been totally dispelled with across the board negativity by Kopites.
Not only does it present Liverpool with a chance of winning a first trophy of the season, but also punters can take advantage by winning a bet. For a £30 free bet use this William Hill promo code from Max Free Bets. The Club World Cup would present an excellent chance at maximising this offer since the Reds will enter the competition as the outright favourites. But, should Klopp send a weakened side?
There is no secret that this season must end with the Premier League title for Liverpool. A second straight runners-up spot would be conceded a failure; despite being desperately unlucky last season. The pre-season hasn’t helped Klopp’s plans with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane only returning to training a few weeks before the start of the season. The fitness of the trio will be crucial in the chances of winning the Premier League, and it would be wise to give them the two weeks off when the club travels to Qatar.
In Rhian Brewster, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi there is more than enough quality in the ranks to win the Club World Cup. The fitness of the crucial players is especially essential when you consider that the Reds will play Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United over the next month after the Club World Cup. It could be a make or break part of the season, and without the star forwards it would be difficult to see the Reds getting maximum points.
Liverpool are a club that is built on the traditions of winning every competition that they are entered in, and the Club World Cup should be no different. The Reds should take their full squad and ensure that they win a competition that they have yet to experience success in. The last time Liverpool took part in the competition was in the 2005 tournament, where the Reds lost in the final to Sao Paulo. That would be a record that Liverpool would be keen to alter from the history books, and the 2019 instalment would offer a chance at rectifying that.
The Reds could easily take Salah, Firmino and Mane with the squad and use them as a safety option should the club need them. In truth, the Reds should have no problem in winning the Club World Cup in they perform near their highest level since the other clubs taking part are not of the standard of the European sides. That is shown by the fact that the last six winners of the competition have been from Europe, and it’s hard to bet against that changing this year.