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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 December 2005, 11:14 GMT
Fifa chief reveals Reds mission
Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Fifa chief Sepp Blatter has insisted that Liverpool are desperate to win the World Club Championship and are not worried by the travelling involved.

"I have had direct contact with Liverpool," said Blatter. "They said they have won everything but never a world championship.

"I am sure they will make a special effort. They will make the effort to win the tournament definitely.

"I'm sure they will arrive on Monday completely ready to play on Thursday."

The tournament takes place in Japan and involves a 12,000-mile round trip for Rafael Benitez's team.

Liverpool will enter at the semi-final stage, where they will meet either Australian side Sydney FC or Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica.

Liverpool have won seven straight Premiership games and have also qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

"They have a good rhythm in the Premier League and in the Champions League, where they finished top in their group above Chelsea," added Blatter.

But Blatter said he would not be disappointed if pre-tournament favourites Liverpool and Brazilian side Sao Paulo do meet in the final on 18 December.

"Football is unpredictable," he added.

"I am sure the gap between the big clubs of South America and Europe and the teams from the other four confederations is not so big.

"If there are surprises I will be the first to be happy."


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