Jurgen Klopp has said his side will not be able to play their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie unless the fixture dates are changed to accommodate Liverpool's appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup.
The quarter-finals are due to be played the week commencing 16 December. However, this will clash with the Reds' inclusion in the Club World Cup, as they will be making the
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"If they don't find a place for us, an appropriate place, not 3am on Christmas Day, then we don't play it," said Klopp after the game, via the BBC.
"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."
It's set to be a testing December period for Klopp's side already, with seven matches scheduled for the month, as well as a
He added: "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."
An EFL spokesman said: “The EFL is in discussions with Liverpool FC to identify an alternative date given the Club’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup competition.” https://t.co/wIGzU2diDn— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) October 31, 2019
Following conclusion of the quarter-final draw on Thursday, in which Liverpool were drawn away to Aston Villa, the EFL confirmed that it is 'in discussions' with Liverpool to find an alternative date for the fixture.