Liverpool lift maiden Club World Cup
Firmino’s extra time goal helps English Premier League side beat Brazilian champions Flamengo 1-0
Doha : English Premier League side Liverpool rode Roberto Firmino's extra time goal to lift the first FIFA Club World Cup by beating Brazilian champions Flamengo 1-0 in the final here on Saturday night.
Firmino, who scored an injury-time winner against Monterrey to send Liverpool into the final, did it in one more time as he netted in the 99th minute to hand his side the title.
Liverpool, the Champions League reigning champions, became the second English side to win the tournament, after Manchester United in 2008.
"To be world champions is incredible," Firmino told FIFA.com.
"It's a unique feeling. Wearing the badge of world champions for the next year will be amazing."
"The Champions Wall is massive at Melwood, so we're excited to go back and hopefully see it," Trent Alexander-Arnold told FIFA.com.
"I think this may be the only trophy the club hasn't won, so to be able to do it today is huge for us, putting ourselves in the history books and making sure we're remembered as a really good Liverpool team. It's an exciting time to be a Liverpool player."
Defender Virgil van Dijk said: "It's something that we've never had before with Liverpool." "We've written history with this squad and I'm very proud of that.
It was very important for us to finish what we came here to do. It was a tough two games, but we did it."
The two teams were locked 0-0 after regulation time at the Khalifa International Stadium. Brazil forward Firmino wasted a good chance to put Liverpool ahead inside the opening minute as he shot over the bar before Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold also spurned early chances.
In the second period, Firmino thundered the post while Mohamed Salah shot narrowly wide. For Flamengo, striker Gabriel Barbosa's attempted bicycle-kick was over the bar.
Mexican club Monterrey earlier edged past Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw to claim third place.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed his team's Club World Cup triumph, adding that they are now exhausted.
"We are exhausted from a very intense game but in moments of like this, I struggle to find the right words, to express my respect for the boys," Klopp was quoted as saying by ESPNFC after leading Liverpool to their first Club World Cup title.
"It was incredible, we did so many good things, everyone was on the edge pretty much and there were so many sensational, good performances," he added.
"Late goals -- we don't want to need them but they were necessary and important. The boys have improved a lot over these months and when you start believing you believe through the full 90 minutes and in this case 120 minutes," Klopp said.
Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus said he was proud of the performance his team provided.
"We shouldn't forget that Liverpool is the strongest team in Europe and we were equal to Liverpool and didn't face particular problems in the first 95 minutes, indeed we could control the match for many stretches," Jesus said.
"But two big teams faced each other and at the end of the day I am very proud of my players and their performance," he added.