Liverpool release statement on Carabao Cup
Liverpool, the Football League and Aston Villa have released statements today confirming that the Carabao Cup quarter final will take place on Tuesday 17th December.
That date is just 24 hours before Liverpool play their World Club Championship semi final in Qatar, meaning that the Reds are looking at fielding two squads in 24 hours in two different competitions.
Apparently, the EFL are happy with this outcome, as are both clubs, confident that it protects the integrity of the competition, despite Liverpool likely fielding an even weaker team than we have in the previous rounds.
The clubs statement below:
"Liverpool Football Club can confirm our Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday December 17, 2019.
As a result, 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 would like to take this opportunity to underline that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is an outcome which was arrived at with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the sole motivating factor.
We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff."