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Liverpool Could Play Two Games On The Same Day To Ease Fixture Congestion

Liverpool Could Play Two Games On The Same Day To Ease Fixture Congestion

Liverpool are debating whether to play two games in the same day following their advancement in the Carabao Cup.

Jurgen Klopp's side are set to travel to Qatar to play in the FIFA Club World Cup which takes place between 11th December and 22nd December.

Liverpool celebrate after beating Arsenal 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday night. (Image Credit: PA)
Liverpool celebrate after beating Arsenal 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday night. (Image Credit: PA)

The Carabao Cup quarter-finals are set to take place on the 17th and 18th December while Liverpool are away.

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It's now been revealed that 'The Reds' may play two games on the same day to ease their fixture congestion.

According to The Telegraph, Liverpool could field a team of youth players against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup while the first team squad are in Qatar.

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Image Credit: PA

It means that Liverpool would make history as the only team to play two different teams on the same day in different competitions.

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There are several logistical issues to figure out before this actually happens though.

Liverpool would need 36 players in order to cover both squads sufficiently.

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Image Credit: PA

Furthermore, Klopp would have to choose which squad to work with while a figure such as assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders would likely take control of the other.

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The Villa game has been slated to potentially move to January 8th to help Liverpool's piled fixture list.

This is the date the semi-finals of the tournament are set to take place but the winners of Liverpool and Villa would have their semi-final first leg game on January 28th or 29th.

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It's a stark contrast to Wednesday night when Klopp had no qualm about forfeiting the competition.

"We will not be the victim of this problem," said Klopp after Wednesday's win against Arsenal.

"We play tonight, we wanted to win it, we did that, and 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 play them.


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"I'm not concerned, somebody else has to be concerned because we didn't make the fixture list, we didn't make the schedule."

Should Liverpool have to play a young team, their fans would likely welcome a chance to see them shine.

Harvey Elliott battles Arsenal's Joe Willock on Wednesday night. (Image Credit: PA)
Harvey Elliott battles Arsenal's Joe Willock on Wednesday night. (Image Credit: PA)

Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams were standouts on Wednesday while Curtis Jones scored the winning penalty in the shootout.

Being back among the elite means that fixture pile-up will occur while challenging for all available silverware.

It's a nice problem for Liverpool to have.

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Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Carabao Cup, Aston Villa, Football, Jurgen Klopp, Arsenal

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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.