Liverpool fans may recognise one of their opponents in Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey, as they will come up against the twin brother of former Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
Yes, that’s right, Monterrey’s star striker is Rogelio Funes Mori, the brother of the former Toffees hard man.
Monterrey’s Funes Mori has an extremely impressive CV, scoring 13 times in 21 appearances in all competitions this season, per Transfermarkt.
In total, the £6.3m-rated ace has 94 goals and 25 assists in 184 showings for the Mexican outfit, quite the hit rate when compared to his much more defensive-minded brother.
Former Everton ace Funes Mori, now of Villarreal, has only played three times for the Spanish side this campaign, having racked up 67 appearances for Everton between 2015 and 2018.
Liverpool fans will of course remember the former rival for one thing and one thing alone, as he caused a serious injury to Divock Origi in a 4-0 Reds win in the Merseyside derby.
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The defender celebrated towards the Everton fans as he was sent off, later apologising for causing ankle ligament damage to Origi (BBC).
That tackle even looked like it may end the Belgian’s career as a top player, as it came just as he was finding form, and he was then loaned out to Wolfsburg where he endured a woeful season, scoring just seven times in 36 appearances.
Since returning to Liverpool he has become a cult hero though, scoring late winners against Everton and Newcastle as well as crucial Champions League goals against Barcelona and Tottenham, before penning a new contract this summer.
Liverpool fans, how satisfying would it be to see Origi score and dump Funes Mori out of the Club World Cup? Let us know in the comments down below…
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