Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has maintained that his team will not participate in Carabao Cup quarter finals if EFL does not change fixtures to accommodate the club’s already tight schedule this season.
The Reds beat Arsenal on penalties to reach the quarter finals on Wednesday.
The Carabao Cup quarter finals will commence on December 16 with Liverpool playing against Aston Villa but the Reds are already scheduled for FIFA Club World Cup match on December 18.
The Club World Cup has been fixed to hold every December and Qatar will host this year’s competition.
The competition features seven teams from six confederations and Liverpool is one of them having won the Champions League last year.
FIFA is already looking forward to the club participating in the competition, a spokesman said.
However, Liverpool’s game schedule is tight with seven games coming up in December which also includes either third-fourth play-off or the final Club World Cup plus the carabao cup quarter final.
Klopp’s side are also scheduled to play against West Ham United on 20 December in the Premier League. And the date hasn’t been rearranged yet.
For Klopp, the Carabao Cup quarter finals is going to be a very difficult task for his players, considering other games in line for them.
EFL said they are currently negotiating with the club on a new date.
“If they don’t find a place for us, an appropriate place, not 3am on Christmas Day, then we don’t play it,” Klopp said.
“You have to think about these things. If you have a fixture list where one team cannot be part of all the games, then you have to think about it. Hopefully it starts at one point, hopefully it starts now.
“We will not be the victim of this problem. We played on Wednesday and we wanted to win. If they don’t find a proper date for us then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through – or Arsenal will play it. I cannot change that.”