Liverpool to head to Qatar for Club World Cup

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As relayed by the Guardian, a report on worker welfare by the Qatari committee responsible for the World Cup's organisation last week revealed that nine men aged between 26 and 49 had died in their accommodation while working on the site.

Those finals are being played in November and December in order to avoid the extreme summer temperatures in the Gulf state.

Liverpool will head to Qatar in December to take part in the Club World Cup and organisers say that the country's strict alcohol rules will be relaxed to allow fans to drink in designated areas.

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The decision to give Qatar the Club World Cup comes two weeks after Federation Internationale de Football Association settled on 32 countries for the 2022 World Cup rather than expanding to 48 teams.

"The revamped FIFA Club World Cup will be played during the worldwide match calendar slot that corresponded to the FIFA Confederations Cup".

Last year, however, Al-Ain became the second Arab team to reach the final after Morocco's Raja Casablanca, which lost to Bayern Munich in 2013. After being crowned European champions for the first time in 1977, the Reds declined an invitation to play the tournament - then known as the Intercontential Cup as they felt a long-haul trip (to Buenos Aires) would interfere with their league campaign. Liverpool had the same argument the following year when they were expected to contest the trophy with South American champions Boca Juniors - saying they could not find a suitable date in a busy league calendar.