At the end of October, Liverpool progressed to the quarter finals of the EFL Cup after beating Arsenal on penalties. Liverpool will be forced to play two games in two days in December. Fixture congestion could mean a Klopp era defining two days for the Reds.
Liverpool reached the quarter finals in dramatic fashion. The Reds twice trailed Arsenal by two goals before Divock Origi’s injury time scissor kick brought the score levels at 5-5 and took the game to penalties. Curtis Jones scored the decisive spot kick.
The quarter finals are scheduled to take place on the 17th and 18th of December, Liverpool play in the Club World Cup on the 18th.
Jürgen Klopp pleaded with the powers that be to move the game to a later date, preferably in early January. The Reds currently face a gruelling 12 games in 37 days between November 23rd and January 2nd.
However, an agreement has been reached that will see Liverpool play Aston Villa on the 17th of December and an unconfirmed opponent in Qatar on the 18th.
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The two games in two days on two continents in two competitions is – as far as we’re aware – unprecedented. Liverpool have committed to fielding a side against Aston Villa that is largely consistent with the our previous lineups in the competition this season.
With the squad split in two, winning both games could be a Klopp era defining moment. The defiance and determination that these victories would show would reverberate throughout the footballing world. With Aston Villa well aware that the Reds will have to field a significantly weaker side in the Carabao Cup, the Villains may take advantage by putting out a strong side. Liverpool are a sought after scalp after all.
We all know that Liverpool are the best team in the world – they can prove it in December. How many sides can win on two different sides of the planet in 24 hours? If we do, it will be testament to the work rate, unity and philosophy that Jürgen Klopp has instilled in his players.