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Klopp threatens to boycott EFL Cup

Jurgen Klopp has threatened to withdraw Liverpool from the Carabao Cup should the EFL (English Football League) and Premier League fail to fix “a proper date” for their quarter-final.

Liverpool booked their spot in the last eight of the competition in stunning fashion after a penalty shootout with Arsenal that followed a 5-5 draw this morning.

The quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup are scheduled to take place on 17 December – the same week Liverpool, having won the UEFA Champions League last season, will be in Qatar to play in Fifa’s Club World Cup tournament.

And Klopp insists that Liverpool will not play any further part in the competition should the date complicate their already hectic schedule even further.

“I’m not concerned, somebody else has to be concerned because we didn’t make the fixture list, we didn’t make the schedule. Fifa told us the Club World Cup will be there [Qatar] and we have to go there and we will do. The Premier League tells us we have to play in the Premier League, which we do obviously. The Carabao Cup, what we did tonight, if they don’t find an appropriate place for us, not 3am on Christmas Day, then we don’t play it.

“They have to make that decision. You have to think about these things. If you have a fixture list where one team cannot be part of all the games, then you have to think about the fixture list. Hopefully it starts now. We will not be the victim of this problem. We play tonight, we wanted to win it, we did that, and if they don’t find a proper date, then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through. Or Arsenal play them. We are going to ignore that problem completely for tonight. A lot of people from the Premier League were sitting in front of the television hoping that Arsenal can do it. But – sorry!”

Liverpool have been drawn against fellow Premier League side Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

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