Liverpool to field two different squads in two competitions simultaneously

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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"I remember this club dominating the scene during my own playing days - they did it then by wearing the opposition down and providing the killer touch in the dying seconds, and they are doing the same thing again 25 years later. Some find it amusing - "five games in three days - let's see how it works out".

Liverpool will play their Carabao Cup quarter final tie away to Aston Villa as scheduled - just one one day before they are due to compete in the Club World Cup in Qatar.

Dave Cookson, the EFL's football services director, said: "The EFL is very aware of the challenges clubs face when participating across numerous competitions at home and overseas, and whilst we will always look to work with clubs our overwhelming priority has to be to protect the integrity of the Carabao Cup and ensure any decisions taken are in the best interests of the competition".

The EFL confirmed the date for the last-eight tie against Villa would be kept following a "request from the club". Do you want to be really in trouble with FIFA? No. Probably not. We respect the competition.

"We don't know about logistics, we have a decision to make, but we have a bit of time to think about [how the club will approach the two games]". "But in the end, they will play a Liverpool team, 100 per cent". I don't understand that and I don't like that in the busiest period.

Meanwhile, EFL have warned Liverpool that the players selected for the game "must meet the competition's selection requirements".

"You can not work like this, hoping that somebody goes out and everything is fine".

The Reds beat Arsenal in a penalty shootout in the fourth round after an entertaining 5-5 draw in normal time at Anfield, setting up a trip to Villa Park in the quarter-final.

"I am not too sure if I want to put oil on the fire". It should still be possible and that is what I did but some people do not like it, I can not change that.

"We can not carry on like this".

"We can not carry on like this, come on, that is why I asked to sit down at a table because at one point we have to find a solution, the solutions so far sound to me more like another problem".

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