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Liverpool to play twice in two days in Carabao and Fifa Club World Cups

• Klopp will split squad to cope with fixture pile-up next month
• Club assure EFL will field team consistent with earlier rounds

Liverpool will play two cup competitions on two continents in less than 24 hours next month after the EFL agreed to their request to stage the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa as originally scheduled.

Jürgen Klopp had threatened to withdraw Liverpool from the competition over a fixture clash with the Club World Cup and dismissed the idea of playing different teams in the competitions only on Friday. Liverpool have since requested the game at Villa Park takes place as planned on Tuesday 17 December – the day before their first game of the Club World Cup in Qatar.

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