Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s congested fixture list is a ‘problem’ and could threaten the club’s participation in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool advanced to the last eight of the tournament after beating Arsenal on penalties on Wednesday night, with the club drawn to play Aston Villa away in the quarter-finals which are scheduled to be played the week commencing December 16.
However, Liverpool’s status as European champions means they will compete in the Club World Cup in Qatar in December, where they will enter the tournament at the semi-final on December 18.
The club’s hectic fixture list has them currently scheduled to play seven games in December, plus the Carabao Cup quarter-final and either the final or third/fourth place play-off of the Club World Cup, whilst they also have a previously scheduled league meeting with West Ham on December 20 yet to be rearranged.
Klopp admits the congestion is a huge ‘problem’, and has warned his side’s participation in the Carabao Cup could be under threat should the organisers not find an ‘appropriate’ solution.
“If they don’t find an appropriate place for us, not 3am on Christmas Day, then we don’t play it,” Klopp told his post-match presser.
“They have to make that decision. 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 the fixture list.
“Hopefully it starts now. I really think that’s fair, and this problem is obvious now. We will not be the victim of this problem.
“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.”