Liverpool vs Monterrey
Liverpool earned their 6th Champions League trophy earlier this year after seeing off fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham in the final.
As a result, the Merseyside powerhouse have been entered into the 2019 Club World Cup.
Liverpool entered the tournament in the semi-final stage and their first tie came against Mexican outfit Monterrey on Wednesday the 18th of December.
The Reds would somewhat unsurprisingly take the lead on Wednesday with the in-form Naby Keita firing Liverpool into the lead with 12 minutes on the clock.
However, Monterrey hit back almost instantly with Rogelio Funes Mori leveling the game up 14 minutes in.
As of writing, the score is still currently 1-1.
Why VVD missed out
Ahead of the clash, Liverpool released their matchday squad at around 4 pm UK time and there was one very noticeable omission.
Jurgen Klopp would deploy a pretty strong squad for the semi-final clash but Virgil van Dijk was completely omitted from the 18.
But Liverpool would provide an explanation for the Dutchman missing out, stating van Dijk is out due to illness.
TEAM NEWS for our #ClubWC semi-final
Virgil van Dijk is out due to illness.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 18, 2019
Liverpool are already fairly short-staffed in the centre-back department with both Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip dealing with injuries.
The European champions gave this update on Matip, Lovren and Fabinho on Wednesday morning:
Dejan Lovren was not part of the travelling party as he continues his recovery from a muscular injury. Joel Matip and Fabinho also haven’t made the trip to the Middle East due to their respective knee and ankle issues.
And with VVD out, Jordan Henderson was made a makeshift central defender vs Monterrey.
Liverpool’s next Premier League clash is against 2nd place Leicester on December 26th, a game Klopp will no doubt be keen to have his star defender back for.