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Monterrey coach Antonio Mohamed keen to cause an upset against Liverpool

The CONCACAF Champions League winners are making their fourth appearance in this tournament.

The Khalifa International Stadium, where Liverpool face Monterrey in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup (Carl Markham, PA)
The Khalifa International Stadium, where Liverpool face Monterrey in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup (Carl Markham, PA)

By Carl Markham, Doha

Monterrey coach Antonio Mohamed insists his side have not come just to participate in the Club World Cup in Qatar and nothing is impossible against red-hot favourites Liverpool.

The CONCACAF Champions League winners are making their fourth appearance in this tournament and, although Jurgen Klopp’s side have vastly better squad on paper, Mohamed said they would ensure it was not easy for the European champions in their semi-final on Wednesday.

“We have a big ambition to play against Liverpool and we came to compete strongly at this mega-tournament,” he said.

“Jurgen Klopp is one of the best managers and Liverpool is maybe the best team in the world right now.

“We have made a huge effort to reach this stage and have come to compete irrespective of which team or manager we are facing.

“We came here to play and win the match with our weapons.

“We didn’t come to participate in this tournament and let Liverpool win against us. Nothing is impossible in football.”

For most of the Monterrey players this event will be the pinnacle of their careers and they are viewing it with the reverence it deserves.

“I never dreamed of playing in a tournament of this standard at my age,” said centre-back Nicolas Sanchez.

“I am in the twilight of my career at 33 but I’ve learned to enjoy playing football throughout my professional career and I feel I still have more to give to my club.”

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