Wijnaldum in, Lovren Out of Liverpool’s Club World Cup Match

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Welcome to the most festive of periods, and with it the most congested of fixture congestion. No club, in the entire world, embodies this more than Liverpool FC. The Merseyside club is fresh off a victory over Watford yesterday, travel to Aston Villa for a League Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday, then head to Qatar for a Club World Cup semifinal against Monterrey.

Due to this heavy workload, their next league fixture at West Ham United has been postponed. Sunday saw Liverpool FC announce their 20 man traveling squad to Qatar, and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was fit enough to make the cut. Central defender Dejan Lovren, however, is not healthy enough yet.

Three youth players, Harvey Elliott, Rhian Brewster, and Curtis Jones will now be available for the League Cup, but not the Club World Cup, and that certainly gives a club into which competition Liverpool are prioritizing here this week.

The winner of the Liverpool-Monterrey match will meet either Flamengo or Al-Hilal in the Club World Cup on Saturday. Hence the league fixture at West Ham on the weekend just wasn’t going to fly; period.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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