Liverpool: ‘No Virgil van Dijk, no defensive vision’ – Harry Kewell analysis

They left it late – again – but Liverpool are into the final of the Club World Cup after beating Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday.

The Reds began with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench, Virgil van Dijk absent altogether through illness and midfielder Jordan Henderson deputising at centre-back.

But while Liverpool’s starting line-up was unfamiliar, the eventual outcome was not.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a habit of scoring late goals to settle closely-fought matches this season, and this time Firmino was their hero with a 91st-minute winner.

It means Liverpool will face Brazilian side Flamengo in Saturday’s final – live on BBC One at 17:30 GMT.

Former Reds midfielder Harry Kewell, who played for the club when they lost in the final of this competition in 2005, explains here why he is confident that, this time, they will win – as long as Van Dijk is fit. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50845214

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