Klopp speaks on Liverpool’s withdrawal from Carabao Cup after Arsenal win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his concerns over the Reds fixture pile-up, after his side beat Arsenal to progress to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The European Champions sensationally booked their place in the last eight after a penalty shootout win against Arsenal following a 5-5 thriller at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool are due to face one of the other qualified teams in the last eight on December 17 or 18, but are already set to play their first game in the Club World Cup, as last season’s Champions League winners, on December 18 in Qatar.

The Reds have a Premier League game with West Ham awaiting rescheduling due to their visit to Asia, and have six midweek fixtures in a row pencilled in between November 27 and January 2.

Speaking during his post-match press conference, the Liverpool warned that his side will forfeit their place in the next round if the Football League cannot find a fitting free date for them to play.

Klopp said: “It shows the problem we have in the Premier League that no one cares about things like this, so that’s how it is.

“The competition is there, we play the game, if we have no time for the next round we cannot change it.

“Fifa tells us we have to go to the Club World Cup, the Premier League tell us we have to play in the Carabao Cup so we try to play it, but if we don’t find time it will not happen in our winter break or whatever they give us, because we need that.

“So, I don’t care to be honest. It just shows what the problem is. Everybody wants us to play constantly, we’ve just thought about tonight – we’re not thinking about the next round.”

Klopp added: “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. I really think that’s fair, and this problem is obvious 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 for us, then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through.”

The Reds conceded five times in their meeting with the Gunners, but took the game to penalties after Divock Origi’s 94th minute equaliser.

Teenager Curtis Jones topped a fine appearance off the bench by slotting home the winning spot-kick, and when asked about his side’s defending, the German admitted: “As a manager, I could worry more about the goals we conceded – but I couldn’t care less tonight.”

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