ZURICH – After Monday’s draw, European champions Liverpool were left waiting to see who they will face in the Club World Cup semi-finals.
Liverpool who had been a six-time European champion, have never won the world club title in any of its many guises with their most recent attempt ending in a shock 1-0 defeat by Sao Paulo in the 2005 final in Japan.
According to reports on Monday, they were drawn to face the winners of the quarter-final between CONCACAF champions Monterrey of Mexico and either Al Sadd, champions of hosts Qatar, or Hienghene Sport, Oceania title holders, who are meeting in a preliminary round match.
If Al Sadd wins the Asian Champions League, which is at the quarter-final stage, they would be replaced in the preliminary round by the Asian runners-up, and move straight into the quarter-finals. The Club World Cup is set to stage in Qatar this December. It will be the penultimate edition of the tournament in its current form. From 2021, it will become a 24-team event staged every four years rather than a seven-team contest held annually.