James Milner couldn't contain his laughter while, alongside him, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appeared bemused by it all.

The question, if there was one, had come from a former Qatar captain, now employed by a local television station, in which he continually extolling the virtues of the Reds and his own managerial prowess.

It was a snapshot that neatly encapsulated the mood inside the press conference room deep within the bowels of the impressive Khalifa International Stadium, where the European champions will open their FIFA Club World Cup campaign against Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday.

Laidback, yes. But when the focus turned to the tournament itself, there could be no doubt.

Liverpool mean business.

“For us, we are here, we don't fly 3,000 miles, we don’t fly that distance not to show up,” says Klopp.

“Our life is constantly dealing with difficult situations and finding solutions.

“That is the reason we don't have a public session, we are not here for showing up we are here to work. It will be difficult anyway so than you very much.”

Klopp had been asked why Liverpool had not included a training session during their time in Qatar where supporters were invited to watch, which is often the case on trips to far-flung destinations.

This, though, isn't a pre-season tour. And while there have been some claims this week Liverpool supporters don't care about the Club World Cup – noting the club's decision to prioritise the tournament ahead of the Carabao Cup, in which a very young Reds side are at Aston Villa on Tuesday evening – the same certainly cannot be said of the players and coaching staff.

“Who said that?” Klopp responded when told the trip to Doha was without value. “Ah, a journalist... Journalists all have their own opinion, that's all I can say about that.

“We had to make a decision. We knew first we would be invited to the Club World Cup before we knew how far we'd go in the Carabao Cup. That’s how it is.

“We will be prepared and try to win football games. Now we play Monterrey, but again we want to win a football match.”

Liverpool were put through their paces during another training session at the Qatar University on a drizzly Tuesday evening.

Only Gini Wijnaldum, still recovering from a muscle problem, wasn't involved as Virgil van Dijk took part after missing out on Monday. There will be another session on Wednesday morning ahead of the semi-final, which takes place at 8.30pm local time (5.30pm UK time).

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“We don't see ourselves as favourites, we see ourselves as challengers as it will be the first time to win it,” says Klopp.

“Is it the biggest cup competition in the world? I don't know. There are winners from all different competitions and continents.

“If you asked me if there should be a Club World Cup in the middle of our season, I would say no.

“But we are here so, for us, it is the most important competition in the world.

“We represent Liverpool and Europe, there are countries from Asia, Brazil, the Copa Libertadores is pretty intense, we will give our best as always and hopefully you can see that.”

Doha awaits. The world is watching. And Liverpool are ready.