21 December 2019 live
FIFA Club World Cup
Liverpool scraped into the FIFA Club World Cup (CWC) final thanks to an injury-time winner, and subsequently five of their last ten victories have now seen the ‘Reds’ score on or after the 85th minute. That semi-final CWC victory did buck one trend though – it was the only win from their last five that didn’t involve at least a two-goal margin.
Excluding a recent 5-0 defeat at Aston Villa where Liverpool fielded a youth side, the European champions are undefeated in their previous 20 games (W17, D3 – 90 minutes only), with 15 of those matches featuring both teams scoring, whilst only three witnessed a goalless first half.
Flamengo’s 3-1 semi-final victory over Al-Hilal followed a recent pattern for the Brazilians, who have seen both teams score in their last five victories, although they conceded before half-time in four of them. In fact, the South American champions have now come back to win in the last four games that they conceded the opener, trailing 1-0 at half-time in all four.
With the opening goal scored by the 20th minute in their last four matches, there could be another quick start here. Additionally there’s been at least one goal before half-time in Flamengo’s last nine games.
Players to watch: Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score Liverpool’s winner in the semi-final. His last six competitive goals for Liverpool came away from Anfield, with five netted after the 70th minute.
Bruno Henrique scored the decisive goal in Flamengo’s semi-final – his last eight goals for the club arrived during the second half.
Stat attack: Liverpool have picked up more cards than their opponents on the day in three of their last four wins.
Flamengo’s last six games featured at least one goal after the 80th minute.
Nine of Flamengo’s last 12 games produced over 3.5 total goals.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 18:30.