Liverpool could yet play Carabao Cup game on scheduled date

Liverpool have held talks with the EFL to avoid having to scrap their participation in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

And one idea which has been discussed is playing their last-eight tie with Aston Villa as scheduled in the week beginning December 16.

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That is despite the Reds also being due to play in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar that week.

Jurgen Klopp could split his squad and leave a team behind to face Villa either the night before or the same night as their semi-final in the Middle East.

The idea of spreading their resources is just one solution mooted to avoid the Reds pulling out of the competition.

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Kop boss Klopp threatened after their penalty shootout win over Arsenal that the Reds would withdraw if the EFL did not find a suitable date for their quarter-final amid their hectic schedule.

Klopp did field a youthful side against the Gunners after he made 11 changes from their weekend win over Tottenham.

The main issue with doubling up would be Liverpool needing 18 players in each country while who would manage each side is also a problem.

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The more likely outcome at this stage is that the Reds play Villa on January 8.

That is one of the dates for the Carabao Cup semi-final first legs.

The winner of the quarter-final would then play their semi-final first leg the same week as the other last-four second leg takes place.

The EFL would then need to squeeze in the semi-final second leg in February before the final on March 1 at Wembley.

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