To say that Flamengo provided a stern test for Liverpool in the Club World Cup final would be a massive understatement.
The 120 minutes were intense and you could see how much the Brazilian side really wanted to win.
Neither side were particularly helped by Qatari referee, Abdulrahman Al-Jassim.
The choice to change his decision to award Liverpool a second half injury-time penalty was dubious – especially as he didn’t even give Jurgen Klopp’s side a free-kick for the foul on Sadio Mane after watching the incident back on the touchline.
But it was his baffling decisions for little niggly fouls in the first half that frustrated both sides – especially Liverpool.
- Liverpool win the Club World Cup after beating Flamengo in extra-time
- Robertson shouts ‘I’ll get him back’ after Flamengo player fouls Mane
- VAR overturns referee’s decision to give Liverpool a penalty in final
And there was one decision right at the end of the first 45 minutes that made Sadio Mane lose his head.
Liverpool were on the break and Mane was pulled back by right-back Rafinha off the ball. Mane retaliated and pushed the former Bayern Munich defender to the foul.
It earned him a yellow card – something that Mane was furious with.
But teammate Andy Robertson had his back. As the half-time whistle sounded, he walked over to Mane and, speaking about Rafinha, he said: “Don’t worry, I’ll get him, don’t worry!”
Seven minutes into the second half, he did just that with a very late challenge.
It wasn’t the last time Robertson and Rafinha would clash, though.
After the final whistle, following Roberto Firmino’s extra-time winner, Roberson squared up to Rafinha once again. He had to be pulled away by the referee.
Already this season, we’ve seen the Scotland captain laugh in the face of Tom Davies and Kyle Walker during Liverpool’s victories over Everton and Manchester City.
He really is the ultimate sh*thouse footballer.