Liverpool’s first match at the FIFA Club World Cup has had a venue change as the Education City Stadium has been deemed not ready.
As reported by The Mirror the Reds’ first of two games in Qatar, alongside the final, has been moved to the Khalifa Stadium.
Fortunately for fans making the 12 hour journey the stadiums are a 15 minute drive apart situated west of Doha.
FIFA have released a statement about the situation, but here are the main issues that may affect travelling fans:
Fans who successfully applied for tickets to match six and the double-header of matches seven and eight will not be impacted – all their tickets will be automatically issued to Khalifa International Stadium, and their seats will be allocated within the same price category.
The date and time of those matches will remain as previously indicated in the match schedule.
In due course, all successful ticket applicants will receive a dedicated email with further information, including details of how and when to download the tickets from their account on FIFA.com/tickets.
Read Liverpool Verdict
With this tournament being the supposed placeholder for Qatar’s hosting of the next World Cup, it doesn’t craft the greatest image. It is expected to be only the third stadium ready for 2022, but should Liverpool fans really worry?
With eleven days to go until the tournament kicks off, it’s fair to suggest the club and fans alike will be thankful to get back to England and focus on the main task at hand.
With just a few days rest between their final fixture in Qatar and the boxing day game away to Leicester City you have to look at the bigger picture and be thankful that the change won’t majorly affect the challenge already in place for Klopp’s men.