Liverpool has confirmed that they will field two different teams in as many days as they attempt to play in the quarter-finals of the English League Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 24 hours.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is scheduled to face Aston Villa in Villa Park, England before playing thousands of miles away in Doha, Qatar on 18 December.
Despite Klopp’s suggestion that his team may have to pull out of the League Cup, now renamed the Carabao Cup, Liverpool issued a statement on Tuesday saying it would use “two playing squads simultaneously” Had reached the decision.
“This is not an ideal scenario, it is a result that came as the sole motivating factor in the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves,” the statement read. After a 2–1 win over Genk’s side on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, Klopp said he was not yet sure how many days of two-game logistics would work.
“We don’t know yet. We have an idea of how we’ll do it but it’s too soon to speak about it,” he said, adding that Aston Villa should travel to Qatar to play. “We had to make a decision now and we decided because all other options were more problems than solutions. And it didn’t work.”
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Liverpool still remains in all competitions this season and already faced a crowded fixture list with the Champions League, FA Cup, and the English Premier League.
It will play six games in November and now has eight fixtures for December, including an EPL away trip to West Ham that is already scheduled to be rescheduled due to a trip to Liverpool’s the Middle East.
“Carabao Cup, it always seems like we don’t want to play it but it’s not true,” Klopp said.
“Club World Cup, you only pay when you win the Champions League and it doesn’t happen five million times in your life, so that means we will take that opportunity if we ask you.
“Is this the best time of the year? No, are we too busy? Yes. But you go there and we try to play all the games that we have.”The Carabao Cup is a secondary club competition, while the Club World Cup is played between the winner of each confederation’s major continental tournament.
According to the rules set by the English Football League, which runs the League Cup, “each club plays to its fullest available strength and all cup matches during matches, unless some satisfactory reason is given.”
In a statement on Liverpool’s position, the EFL said: “After considering all possible scenarios, the EFL has now made a request on behalf of the club to play the fixture on the scheduled date during the week scheduled for the quarter-finals in the home calendar. Acknowledged, Liverpool is committed to fielding a team that has competed in the first round of this season’s competition.