Liverpool are said to be fuming with FIFA after their overzealous officials stopped Jurgen Klopp and his players from celebrating their Club World Cup triumph on Qatar.
After beating Flamengo 1-0 to be crowned world champions, the Reds team lifted the trophy and then celebrated together on the pitch as they revelled ending an incredible 2019 with a third trophy, following wins in the Champions League and Super Cup.
Klopp and his men then attempted to get closer to the travelling fans, who had brought familiar Kop banners to the Middle East, packed into the corner of the Khalifa International Stadium.
But as they tried to go behind the goal to celebrate in front of them on the running track, the Premier League side were repeatedly blocked by FIFA officials who ushered them back onto the pitch.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Klopp and the Liverpool players were denied access to the running track as they were told they did not have the necessary credentials to access that area of the stadium.
Liverpool are said to be bewildered by the behaviour of stewards and their orders, with club staff reportedly branding the incident ‘ridiculous’.
It’s the first time in the Merseyside club’s history they have won the Club World Cup, and at the fourth attempt.
And after supporters were denied the chance to properly celebrate with their heroes, Liverpool are reportedly in discussions of whether they will display the trophies for supporters at Anfield before Sunday’s clash against Wolves.
After a hugely successful three-trophy haul in 2019 – their most successful year since winning five trophies in 2001 – Liverpool can now focus on their primary goal, the finally bringing home the Premier League title.
And centre-back Joe Gomez hopes the Club World Cup success will be the boost the team needs to see out the rest of the season in style, as they sit ten points clear at the top with a game in hand.
“Winning this only adds to our positivity,” he said.
“We come away from here as champions of the world. Why can’t we use that as a positive?
“But we know we can’t dwell on anything. We’re not even halfway through the season yet, so it’s a case of heads down and carry on the focus.”