Liverpool are, literally, the best club in the world. They proved it on Saturday against a strong Brazilian side in Flamengo, and even though it went to extra time, we did it with an extra time goal (naturally) from Roberto Firmino. After all the years of lost finals, lost matches, lost leagues. In the eyes of FIFA at least, we are the best club in the world. It’s nice to say, to hear, to read. So read it again. Liverpool are Club World Cup Champions.
“Very nice,” agreed captain Jordan Henderson, speaking to the the club website following the victory and subsequent trophy celebrations. No emotional videos with his parents this time but there is a great video of the team singing Allez, Allez, Allez in the dressing room.
“I’m delighted that we’ve come here and done what we wanted to do and that’s win,” the captain continued.
“We’ve had two tough games with extra-time but I thought the lads kept going and showed a great mentality again to find the winner.
“We had some great chances in the game but always kept going and always kept fighting and tried to find the breakthrough, so I’m delighted that we’ve managed to do that and keep the clean sheet.”
Clean sheets have been the one things Liverpool have failed to maintain this season, although that trend looks to be changing. They never make it easy, taking 99 minutes to find the first and only goal in the match. They got over the line in the end and that’s really all that matters — that and marching towards the next trophy.
“From the summer we’ve kicked on again,” added Henderson.
“We’ve kept going and we’ve used it to help us progress and used it to stay hungry. So we need to do the same with this one.
“We need to keep going, we’ve got a big game coming up in midweek and the games come thick and fast, so of course we can enjoy tonight but then tomorrow we’ve got to recover and get straight back on the focus of Leicester.”
With Liverpool out of the Carabao/League Cup once again, all focus now turns to the league, where Liverpool sit at the top of the table, and the FA Cup tie in January against Merseyside rivals Everton, before the Champions League Round of 16 starts up.
(Let’s be honest, though, we all only care about the league, right?)