Liverpool will present two different squadrons in two competitions simultaneously
Liverpool will deploy two different squadrons in the League Cup and the Club World Cup in the space of 24 hours in December due to the lack of available dates to postpone their quarterfinals of the League Cup, the Premier league The club said Tuesday.
The quarterfinals against Aston Villa will be played on December 17, the same week that Juergen Klopp's team will travel to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup where they play their first game on December 18.
After knocking out Arsenal in the last 16, Klopp had threatened to withdraw the Anfield out of the League Cup if they can't find a suitable date for the quarter-final tie.
"We will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup," the club said in a statement.
The club would like to take this opportunity to underline that although this is not an ideal scenario, it is a result that was reached with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the only motivating factor.
Liverpool said they had discussed alternative dates with the English Football League but could not find a suitable one that did not compromise the competition calendar.