In an official statement released this Tuesday, Liverpool announced they will play the quarter-finals of the English Carabao Cup on December 17, a day before their team debut in the FIFA Club World Cup. That is: the Reds will play two competitions simultaneously with two different teams.
“The club would like to take this opportunity to emphasize that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is a result achieved with the best interests of the competition, with the other clubs and with ourselves as the only motivating factor,” says a piece from the note, which does not confirm which players the German manager Jurgen Klopp will use at the domestic championship.
In the statement, Liverpool also thanked the English League (EFL) for their efforts to work around the problem, which could not be solved due to a lack of dates: the Carabao Cup is a short tournament, which will end on the March 1st, 2020.
“We can confirm that alternative dates have been discussed, but in the end, none have been considered adequate without compromising the competition schedule itself or putting undue pressure on our team of players,” the note added.
The English League Cup quarterfinal match will be against Aston Villa. The debut at the Club World Cup, which will take place in Qatar, will take place against the winner of Mexico’s Monterrey and the winner of the playoff between the local side Al Sadd, New Caledonia’s Hienghène Sport and the Oceania representative.
Liverpool will surely prioritize the international competition, as the club has never won it. The conflict of dates was a concern of Liverpool staff and Jurgen Klopp, who even lined up a very young team against Arsenal, expecting to lose in order to avoid this embarrassing situation. Jurgen will probably send his C team to face Aston Villa, and the funniest fact is that not even Klopp himself will be present at the game.
So it means that the Reds were punished by winning the UEFA Champions League, and making it to this far in the domestic Cup. December is one of the busiest months in English football, as there are Boxing day matches and a lot of Premier League matches. Let’s see how the European Champions’ C team will do against Villa.