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Liverpool to wear gold FIFA World Champions Badge in Premier League


Liverpool have confirmed that they will sport the gold FIFA World Champions Badge in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

The Reds picked up the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in their history when they beat Brazilian side Flamengo 1-0 in the final in Qatar last weekend.

Roberto Firmino struck the winner in the first half of extra-time in Doha, following on from his last-gasp normal time winner in the semi-finals against Mexican side Monterrey.

The Premier League usually deny requests to make alterations to a team’s kit during the season, other than for charitable purposes.

But Liverpool are thought to have made a request to the English top-flight to be allowed to wear the badge in their first home game since their return from Qatar.

Liverpool lifted the Club World Cup for the first time in their history

The club were thought to be keen to maximise the commercial possibilities of wearing the badge, and stressed to the Premier League that wearing it would reflect well on the division as a whole.

Previous European and world champions Real Madrid have regularly worn the badge in La Liga in recent years, although Manchester United weren’t allowed to do so by the Premier League after they won the Club World Cup in 2008.

Liverpool will also wear the badge for the remainder of their Champions League campaign, which resumes against Atletico Madrid in February.

The badge was often seen on Real Madrid shirts in La Liga action

A FIFA spokesman said: “As per the usage guidelines, the winning team can wear the FIFA World Champions Badge from the day it becomes champions up to and including the final of the next edition of the tournament.”

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Prior to the Club World Cup, Reds midfielder Gini Wijnaldum had suggested that wearing the badge was a motivation for the club’s players.

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“I saw it on a few shirts of the previous winners,” he told the Liverpool website .

“Also, when I speak about the tournament with family and friends, they all speak about the badge.

“That’s something you want; every time you look at the shirt it reminds you that you won the World Cup for teams.”





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