The Brazilian fans wanted it and many Portuguese too, and now they got it.
Libertadores winner Flamengo/Jorge Jesus will play the Champions League winner Liverpool/Jürgen Klopp.
Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner for Liverpool against Mexico’s Monterrey for a 2-1 win to set up the international final encounter on Saturday (17:30 Portugal Time).
Flamengo defeated Al-Hilal (Jorge Jesus’ previous club) on Tuesday in a 2-1 comeback in the other semifinal match.
Brazil has been abuzz since Flamengo won the Libertadores and fans have wanted to play Liverpool since.
Jorge Jesus, who has forever become a legend with Flamengo’s fans and is even considered in some media circles as a possible future manager for Brazil, says the match is the biggest in his career and he is not afraid.
“Liverpool is a favorite, I have no doubt, but they have to win first,” said Jesus on Tuesday. “If it is Liverpool, Klopp has already been to the Champions League final, but the Club World Cup will be more important and more difficult.”
“This will be the most important final of my career,” added the 65-year-old.
“This is the best team I have ever coached at the offensive level. I had the opportunity to work with great players in Portugal, especially in my first year at Benfica the team was very strong.”
“At this moment, what makes the difference is the way Flamengo players welcomed me, shared me and accepted my ideas. So, this is the strongest group I’ve had.”
Liverpool wants to win the Final and bought their top players to Qatar, leaving a young second-string team to play in the Carabao Cup (they lost 5-0 to Aston Villa).
“We were not here to show Europe was stronger,” said Klopp. “We were just here to win the game.”