‘I see it as a chance for them to play again’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tells kids to take the opportunity to impress in the Carabao Cup quarter-final… with first-team stars away in Qatar
- Jurgen Klopp will field a very young side when Liverpool take on Aston Villa
- The Carabao Cup quarter-final takes place a day before the FIFA Club World Cup
- Klopp will take his senior side to Qatar, while his youngsters will travel to Villa
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his kids to capitalise on their opportunity to impress in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
After overcoming Arsenal 5-4 on penalties at Anfield in the last round, debate raged over the exact date Liverpool’s quarter-final against Aston Villa would be played due to their hectic calendar.
Liverpool are in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup on December 18, the same week the last-eight contests of the Carabao Cup were scheduled to be played.
Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool youngsters to shine in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals
LIVERPOOL TEAM THAT BEAT ARSENAL
Starting XI: Kelleher; Williams, Gomez, Van den Berg, Milner; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Chirivella 81), Lallana, Keita (Jones 55); Elliott; Brewster; Origi
Subs not used: Adrian, Kane, Larouci, Clarkson, Koumetio
And after heavy discussions with the EFL and with no other dates available, it was determined that the Reds’ clash with Villa will remarkably be played just a day before their Club World Cup semi-final.
Speaking after the news was announced, Klopp insists he will hand the youngsters another chance to shine in the domestic cup competition, while his senior squad travel out to Qatar.
‘I am not sure if we prioritise it (the Club World Cup),’ he said when questioned by Sky Sports.
‘We had talks over the Club World Cup much longer. We had to make a decision over it and the boys wanted to play in it.
‘Hopefully it’s not a once-in-a-lifetime chance but it doesn’t happen too often. We decided to do that and after that we played in the Carabao Cup.
‘We have two games. In England, it’s not that important. For the rest of the world, they look at that.
‘The Carabao Cup, we didn’t know if we would go through. We played Arsenal, a tough draw, with a much-changed team and I see it as an opportunity for them to play in the next round.’
Curtis Jones (second left) scored the winning penalty as Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-4 in shootout