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Liverpool To Take Part In Club World Cup After FIFA Reverse Plans To Scrap Tournament

Liverpool To Take Part In Club World Cup After FIFA Reverse Plans To Scrap Tournament
By Gary Connaughton Updated

The next step towards global domination? Liverpool are set to take place in the FIFA Club World Cup later this year, with the sport's governing body reversing their decision to scrap the tournament.

FIFA had originally expected that the tournament would not be held this year, as they geared up for an expanded version of the competition set to launch in 2021.

That tournament would feature a massive 24 teams from all over the globe, and would be held in the months of June and July. It was set to replace the Confederations Cup on the footballing calendar, the international tournament which precedes a World Cup year.

However after heavy pushback from the European Club Association, which features most of the continent's biggest clubs, those plans have been put on hold for now.

The Liverpool Echo are reporting that FIFA will meet in Paris this afternoon, where the venue of this year's Club World Cup will be on the agenda.

Despite Liverpool's lofty European Cup history, this is a competition that they have never actually won in any of its iterations.

They opted not to play in the Intercontinental Cup in 1977 or 1978 editions despite their status as European champions, due to the two legged nature of the ties. When they were reduced to a one-off event, Liverpool would go on to lose the 1981 and 1984 finals to Flamengo of Brazil and Independiente of Argentina respectively.

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Liverpool's only appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup came in 2005, when they would lose 1-0 to Sao Paulo in the final.

Real Madrid have won the last three editions, with the last non-European winner being Corinthians in 2012. This year's tournament is expected to be once again held in December, with Liverpool entering at the semi-final stage.

SEE ALSO: In Pictures: Liverpool Paint The City Red For Champions' Homecoming

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