Liverpool’s Pep Lijnders gives hint at Club World Cup team with Carabao Cup chat

Liverpool face a League Cup quarter-final clash with Aston Villa just 24 hours before their Club World Cup semi-final in Doha, Qatar.

Jurgen Klopp agreed to face Villa on December 17 as the club felt it was the only way to deal with fixture congestion around a hectic festive period.

The Reds will field a young side against Villa with most of their first team set to be in the Middle East.

But Lijnders insists Liverpool will be gunning for both trophies.

He said: "It is important with a 'culture of victory' because each prize we can win is important so we try to attack each competition we play.

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"But, for me, the most important thing is the chance to show, in a different part of the world, our identity and our philosophy and a real spirit of initiative.

"In a perfect world people should look forward to seeing us play.

"As regards to changing between England and Qatar, we have already people in charge who are preparing to make this process as smooth as possible.

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“We have to ignore what's beyond our control.

“This is what we always try to do but in these periods it will be even more the case.”

Lijnders admits it would be an amazing feat for the club to be crowned “champions of the world”, insisting the club are taking the competition incredibly seriously.

“It would be incredible to become champions of the world – it's a mark, a stamp of a strong process over many years.”

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“Each prize we can win is important, but the most important thing is the chance to show, in a different part of the world, our identity and our philosophy and a real spirit of initiative,” he said.

“Not many big teams get this chance. We will show we care and we will show what we want to achieve. It's different when you come back as the winning team, that's for sure!”

“As regards [to] changing between England and Qatar, we already have the people in charge who are preparing to make this process as smooth as possible.”

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