Monterrey v Liverpool | Club World Cup semi final

Part deux of our double header sees us pitted against Mexican team, C.F. Monterrey who were founded in 1945 and are Northern Mexico's oldest active top tier club. Playing in the Liga Mx they currently sit 8th, ten points off first. Form wise their last five games were W W D W D, so fair to middling but not favourable when compared with our own.

Monterrey are owned by multinational beverage company FEMSA who operate a large Coca-Cola bottling factory in Southern Mexico. They're accused of using the majority of available water in the area they're sited leaving the surrounding indigenous population precious little to drink. I've seen a documentary about this before and believe they're also accused of discharging used dirty water into local watercourses contaminating them in the process, as well as other such diabolical things.

I wonder if FIFA know FEMSA. Anyway a quick Google found this article which talks of some of the alleged practices and while we perhaps shouldn't hold a team to account for their owner's actions it's not exactly something which makes you warm to them either. Best thing we can do in the circumstances is give them a jolly good hiding.

It would of course also be very welcome to win our first one of these, the best dog damn team in the world cups. Despite FIFA mistakenly awarding them to all and sundry since the year 2000, we know it should only have one name on it and once it has and is in it's rightful place - a trophy cabinet inside Anfield, it will at least be official and stop arguments with fans of other clubs.

Team news for the TBDDTITWC semi final

Virgil who missed some training in Qatar is fine, Gini however is not. Although Jurgen's described his injury status as "not as serious as we thought" which is good to hear. Lovren, Matip and Fabinho are also all still unavailable. With that in mind, I've advised Jurgen to play:

Alisson, Robbo, VVD, Gomez, TAA, Henderson, Milner, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Salah


DB's Prediction League bonus points
1. LFC’s Result (W, L) for 1pt
2. Final score for 1pt
3. LFC player of the game as per the Echo for 1pt
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