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Paul Scholes Brutally Plays Down Liverpool's Club World Cup Victory

Paul Scholes Brutally Plays Down Liverpool's Club World Cup Victory

Paul Scholes has played down Liverpool's recent Club World Cup win and joked his badminton trophy was more significant to him.

Liverpool won the trophy out in Qatar after defeating Flamengo on Saturday night.

But Scholes, who won the trophy with Manchester United in 2008, has played down the significance of winning it.

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He told BBC Five Live:

"You want to win it (Club World Cup) once you're there but I don't think it was ever something we were desperate to win.

"Even now if someone said to you 'What trophies did you win over the years?' I don't think we'd mention the Club World Championship."

It will come as no surprise that the United legend isn't keen to lavish Jurgen Klopp's side with praise.

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He also went on to joke that a badminton trophy he won at a local club meant more than his Club World Cup triumph with the 'Red Devils.'

Liverpool fans on Twitter were quick to react to the 45-year-old's comments.


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In fairness to Scholes, he was critical of the trophy when United featured back in 2008.

Sir Alex Ferguson had to fly his men out to Japan in the midst of a title charge, which meant huge fixture congestion in January.

Scholes told Daily Mail at the time,

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"It's a big club competition and we want to win.

"But obviously, we'd probably rather be here, playing our league game and not have so many fixtures in January like we've got.

"It's one of those things. We managed to win the European Cup last year and sometimes afterwards you have to do things maybe you don't want to do."

It's doubtful that his comments will effect Liverpool as they roll on at the top of the Premier League.

They demolished second place Leicester City 4-0 on Boxing Day to move 13 points clear.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Liverpool, Paul Scholes, Football, Manchester United, Club World Cup

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.