Jurgen Klopp has likened winning the FIFA Club World Cup to landing on the moon as he dismissed suggestions Liverpool are at a disadvantage ahead of their date with destiny.

The Reds take on Brazilian side Flamengo here in the Qatar capital Doha on Saturday evening for the right to be named world champions.

Never before have Liverpool won the competition, losing on their three previous appearances including an infamous 3-0 reverse to Flamengo in 1981.

And when asked about the prospect of creating history, Klopp looked to the stars for a comparison.

“I don’t know how you approach something that has never been done before, like landing on the moon,” he said.

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“We’ll just try to play a really, really good game and hope to win against a good side.

“You don’t write history beforehand, you do something and then everybody tells you later ‘you wrote history’. I have no clue whether it would be history.

“Winning it would be great and I don’t even know exactly know how the trophy looks but I didn’t know that about the UEFA Super Cup either and that is a good example.

“Before that, I didn’t know how people spoke about it... Before the game people said ‘do you really need it?’.

“Then you play it and you win it and it feels incredible. It was really a big one.”

While Liverpool had the majority of backing in the 45,000-plus crowd for their semi-final win over Monterrey on Wednesday, around 15,000 Flamengo fans have flown in to attend Saturday's final.

Brazil is expected to come to a standstill as the Rio side, by far the most popular in the country, aim to win the title for a second time.

But when told the majority of South America is likely to be backing Flamengo, Klopp responded: “They won’t all be in the stadium.

“It means more to them (fans compared to those from Liverpool), but the players? No.

“South American people are very emotional and they will be full of emotions. Did it mean more to Tottenham in the Champions League final? More to Chelsea (in the Super Cup)?

“Is it an advantage the whole country or continent wants them to win it more? I don’t know. Mexico wanted to win it more than people in England and we beat their team, so we will see.”

Virgil van Dijk is expected to be available after missing the semi-final through illness, while a late decision will be taken on Gini Wijnaldum with the midfielder unable to train properly this week due to a muscle problem.

Klopp will again rotate his resources with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all certain to be recalled having been benched in midweek.

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Despite South America holding great stock in the competition, there have been only four winners from the continent in 16 editions since it was rebranded in 2000.

One of those was Internacional - the boyhood club of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker - who beat Barcelona 1-0 in 2006.

And Klopp said: “Ali told me that when he was a kid and his club won it, he went completely mad.

“You can’t explain things like this, it’s just like in Europe with the Champions League. You win the NBA you are world champion, which is funny enough, but you win the Champions League and it feels like that, as if that’s the competition.

“So I think the Champions League is the most difficult competition to win, but that doesn’t mean there are not other competitions. I respect both.

“They have the advantage of everybody tells them every day how much it means to them, and we get told all the time ‘why are you here?’."