Why Liverpool won’t play in Club World Cup this year despite winning Champions League

Liverpool will not play in the Club World Cup next year – despite their Champions League success.

The Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to lift the top prize in European football for the sixth time.

Traditionally, that has meant progressing to the Club World Cup in a bid to defeat other continental cup winners from around the globe.

Yet FIFA’s change to the format of the tournament means it will now be held every four years – and won’t be back until 2021.

Plans for an expanded version of the competition, featuring 24 teams rather than eight, were rubber-stamped in March.


Liverpool are set to still have the chance to test themselves against the world’s best and look to add more silverware to their collection – but they will have to patiently wait for their chance.

The new-look competition is set to run from June until July with six teams from South America, three each from Asia, Africa and Central American, one from Oceania plus the Champions League winners, runners-up and Europa League champions.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has claimed the tournament will benefit from the reforms.

He said: “Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions.

“We hope that all the best teams will participate and we’ve had some very positive discussions with Uefa.

“But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters – it is only two years away.”

However, Liverpool and fellow members of the European Club Association have opposed the proposals and could decline to take part in the competition.

The BBC reported that a letter penned to FIFA by the ECA read: “We are firmly against any potential approval of a revised CWC – no ECA clubs would take part.”

The Club World Cup was usually played in December but the new format will move it to the summer months to replace the scrapped Confederations Cup.

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