Liverpool play two games in 24 hours later this month and their plan for it is very ambitious.
The Reds will face Aston Villa in the League Cup on December 17th and then play the semi-final of the Club World Cup the very next day. Both games will fall within 24 hours and each will be on a different continent.
So how do you make that work? How do you shape your squad to compete with such a ridiculous schedule?
The most obvious way is to have two teams, one to stay in England the other to head to Qatar. You have a choice there, though. Do you balance the two teams? Or do you go all out in one competition and leave the kids for the other?
It initially looked as though Liverpool were doing the latter. It would be all-out for the Club World Cup and the under-23s would face Villa. Goal even reported that Curtis Jones would captain the team in the League Cup. That, however, means effectively throwing the game away against Premier League opposition.
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But things appear more complex than that. For one thing, Jones is included in the Club World Cup squad. A change of plan? No, according to the Echo.
Instead, Liverpool plan on using some players in both competitions. Now, that doesn’t mean Jones will play two games in 24 hours – he almost certainly won’t.
But it does mean that it isn’t necessarily just the kids against Villa. If Jones can play that game and be in the squad for a potential Club World Cup final, senior players can, too. We may even see some of the team’s best players feature against Villa, knowing they can then play that final as well.
And so it isn’t a case of one team for the League Cup and one team for the Club World Cup. Liverpool appear to be more ambitious than that as they tackle the challenge of winning two games in 24 hours. They certainly deserve commending for that approach – they’re going for it all.