Qatar World Cup: Liverpool to trial new 2022 stadium in Club World Cup

Liverpool will trial a new 2022 World Cup stadium when they travel to Qatar for the Club World Cup later this year.

The Premier League runners-up will be one of the first teams to test out the ground, ahead of the landmark event in four winters’ time.

Football’s world governing body FIFA announced that the Reds will begin their campaign at the 40,000-capacity Education City Stadium in Doha in a semi-final on December 18.

Win or lose, they will play in the same venue which will host the third-place play-off and the final on December 21.

The Qatar Foundation Stadium, an open cooled stadium with a 45,350-seat capacity, will be trialled in the Club World Cup later this year. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
An inside image of the stadium amid construction work earlier this year. (Photo by Karim ABOU MERHI / AFP)

Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League winners could face local side Al Sadd, coached by former Barcelona playmaker Xavi, Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia or most likely Mexican side Monterrey in the semi-final.

Qatar is using the 2019 and 2020 Club World Cup tournaments as a testing ground for its hosting of the 2022 World Cup finals.

The Gulf state’s hosting of the ongoing World Athletics Championships has been criticised over the poor attendances at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, with the venue largely empty on Sunday night as Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith won silver in the women’s 100 metres final.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will feature in the tournament as a result of winning the Champions League earlier this year, beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final.

With PA:Media

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