It will be a busy couple of days next month for Liverpool when the Reds compete on two different continents within the span of 24 hours.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Liverpool will take on Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Dec. 17 before competing in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar the next day.
The English Football League (EFL) stated it had been discussing a solution to the tight schedule with Liverpool for a “number of months,” and a request from the Premier League club to play its match against Villa on the originally scheduled date was accepted.
Playing on back-to-back days will result in Jurgen Klopp utilizing two separate squads simultaneously to cope with the demanding schedule, Liverpool revealed.
“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,” a statement on Liverpool’s website read.
“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.”
Liverpool will now play nine matches by the end of December.
Tuesday’s news comes just days after Klopp complained about the number of matches his team will play, threatening to pull Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup after the Reds’ thrilling win over Arsenal in the round of 16.