Liverpool's FIFA World Club Cup games moved stadium

Khalifa International Stadium- cropped

Khalifa International Stadium- cropped

Liverpool's two Club World Cup matches have been moved from Al Rayyan to Doha after Federation Internationale de Football Association was forced to switch the venue for the final.

The multi-purpose stadium, which is now being used for the ongoing Arabian Gulf Cup will also host the final and the third-place play-off on December 21.

But the official opening of the 40,000-seat venue has been delayed until 2020 after Federation Internationale de Football Association failed to complete the relevant test events on time.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said the construction of the Education City Stadium was complete and the venue was operational, but the necessary certification processes took longer than expected and the stadium was unable to host test events at full capacity prior to the tournament.

"The priority is to ensure an enjoyable experience for all fans so it was made a decision to open the [Education City] stadium at a later date", Fifa's statement added.

Jurgen Klopp's side, who enter the tournament at the semi-final stage, were scheduled to play two matches at the newly-built Education City Stadium on the outskirts of Doha.

"Liverpool FC can confirm we have been informed by Federation Internationale de Football Association that our two matches in the Club World Cup will now be played at Khalifa International Stadium and not Education City as planned", said a club statement.

"As per our protocols, we will now send relevant LFC officials to Qatar in the coming days to inspect Khalifa International Stadium".

The seven-team tournament begins on 11 December, with Liverpool's semi-final on 18 December and the final on 21 December.

Liverpool's opening Club World Cup clash in Qatar on December 18 takes place a day after the club's Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa, forcing Jurgen Klopp to name two different squads across the fixtures.

Liverpool are back in Premier League action away at Bournemouth on Saturday, before focus shifts to a Champions League clash away at Red Bull Salzburg three days later.

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