Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his team could boycott their quarterfinal tie in the Carabao Cup mainly due to fixture congestion.
In his post-match press conference after the last 16 ties with Arsenal on Wednesday night, Klopp complained about fixture congestion.
The quarterfinal ties are expected to take place at the start of the week of December 16 and Liverpool have to travel a long distance to Qatar for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup (CWC) tournament which starts on December 18.
According to Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool might need to boycott the quarterfinal tie to allow Arsenal play it if the game is not moved to accommodate the complaints over fixture congestion as a result of the Club World Cup.
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Liverpool have won the Carabao Cup eight times and they are in the quarterfinals for the first time since they reached the final under Klopp during the 2014/15 season.
The Reds booked their place in the last eight of the competition after the penalty shootout win over North London giants Arsenal.
Both sides served up a ten-goal thriller at the end of regulation time thus leading to the dreaded penalty shootout.
Divock Origi scored a brace for Liverpool during the game in addition to further goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner (penalty) and a Shkrodan Mustafi’s own goal.
Man United Fans Single Out Marcus Rashford For Praise
Manchester United fans were full of praise for star forward Marcus Rashford after his display propelled the team into the Carabao Cup semifinals.
Scores of Red Devils fans took to their various social media accounts via oldtraffordfaithful.com to express their delight with his performance during the Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with League Two club Colchester United on Wednesday night.
Marcus Rashford was the star of the game as Manchester United thrashed their League, Two opponents, 3-0 at home courtesy three goals in the second half.
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The England international broke the deadlock in the 51st minute after finishing off a lightning counterattack before Colchester United right-back Ryan Jackson put through his own net to help the Red Devils doubled their lead.
Anthony Martial added a third goal for Manchester United shortly after the second strike with all the goals coming within the space of ten second-half minutes.
Manchester United will next face city rivals Manchester City in the semifinals to determine who will face Leicester City or Aston Villa in the final.
Manchester City are the Premier League champions and Carabao Cup holders.
They booked their spot in the last four of this season’s Carabao Cup competition with a 3-1 win over Oxford United from League One.
Marcus Rashford Sets New Record
Marcus Rashford was amongst the goals for Manchester United who booked their place in the semifinals with an emphatic 3-0 win over their League Two opposition.
The England international was responsible for the first goal of the game on 51 minutes.
The strike took his tally to 14 goals in 23 games for Manchester United in all competitions this season thus making it his best goal return despite the fact that we’re yet to reach the midpoint of the season.
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His previous best goal return was in the last two seasons when he scored 13 times.
Marcus Rashford scored 13 goals in 52 appearances for Manchester United during the 2017/18 season before hitting 13 goals in 47 appearances during the 2018/19 season.
After his goal on 51 minutes, opposition defender Ryan Jackson scored an own goal five minutes later to double the lead for Manchester United.
Anthony Martial made it three goals in ten minutes for his team as the Red Devils ran out as comfortable winners.
Manchester United were rewarded with a last four, two-legged tie with city rivals Manchester City for their win over Colchester United.
Carabao Cup: Four Man United Players To Miss Colchester United Clash
English League Two club Colchester United will be guests of Manchester United in one of the three Carabao Cup quarterfinal ties billed for three different centers on Wednesday.
In the other two ties, League One team Oxford United will host Premier League champions and Carabao Cup holders Manchester City, while two Premier League sides Everton and Leicester City will face off for a place in the semifinals.
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The Manchester United quartet of Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Paul Pogba will miss the Colchester United game.
For Frenchman Pogba, he has been sick for the past few days according to club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and that has ruled him out of the next game.
Marcos Rojo is a utility defender and the Argentine will miss the game with Colchester United, while the duo of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly are back in training after a lengthy layoff because of a serious knee injury.
Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are not expected to feature for Manchester United again this year despite returning to training mainly due to fitness.
Liverpool To Face Premier League Opposition In Carabao Cup Quarters
Eight-time champions Liverpool have been drawn with Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals after the draw took place earlier on Thursday.
Liverpool have been drawn with Premier League newcomers Aston Villa in the last eight after the Reds saw off Arsenal via penalties in their last 16 tie on Wednesday night.
Premier League leaders Liverpool led 1-0 in the first half before Arsenal fought back three times to edge 3-1 ahead before the halftime interval.
Liverpool were handed a lifeline on the stroke of the halftime interval through a James Milner penalty which made it 3-2 to the visitors, Arsenal.
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Ainsley Maitland-Niles established a two-goal lead for the Gunners at the start of the second half but Liverpool fought back with two goals to make it 4-4 courtesy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi.
Joe Willock scored the fifth goal for Arsenal before Origi equalized for Liverpool at the fulltime.
Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after the two teams played out a thrilling 5-5 draw at fulltime.
The Reds will battle with Aston Villa for a place in the semifinals of the competition.
Liverpool are still in all the competitions they entered into this season.
The Reds are at the top of the Premier League at the moment.
Carabao Cup: Man Utd Discover Quarterfinal Opponents
Three-time European champions Manchester United have discovered their opponents for the last eight of the Carabao Cup after the draw took place on Thursday morning.
Manchester United were given their next Carabao Cup opponents during the quarterfinal draw held earlier on Thursday.
The Red Devils have been drawn at home to League Two club Colchester United in one of the quarterfinal ties.
Colchester United are giant killers after they dumped out North London club Tottenham Hotspur in the third round via penalties before beating Crawley Town in the last round.
Manchester United booked their spot in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals following the win over Chelsea away from home.
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The Red Devils beat Chelsea 2-1 courtesy the brace from the in-form Marcus Rashford who has now scored three goals in the last two games in all competitions.
Marcus Rashford scored one of the goals as newly promoted Premier League side Norwich City were beaten 3-1 by the Red Devils.
With the win over Chelsea, Manchester United have won all of their last three games in all competitions.
All those wins came on the road as Manchester United have been able to recover from the slump in form.
The Carabao Cup quarterfinal ties will be played in the week commencing on December 16.
Carabao Cup: Six Manchester United Players Ruled Out Of Chelsea Clash
Six Manchester United players will miss the Carabao Cup fourth round meeting with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The players namely Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot are all out of the Chelsea game.
Ivorian international centre back Eric Bailly has not played for Manchester United this season as a result of the knee injury he sustained during the preseason friendly win over fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
On his part, Luke Shaw is recovering well from injury but he’s presently in Dubai for the warm weather to aid his recovery according to Solskjaer.
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The England international left-back has not played for Manchester United since the third league game of the season vs Crystal Palace in August.
Axel Tuanzebe sustained a hip injury during the warm-up of the Liverpool game in the Premier League last Sunday and he’ll miss the Chelsea game tomorrow having been unable to recover from that setback.
Nemanja Matic is in Dubai for the warm weather alongside Luke Shaw as he recovers from an unspecified injury.
Diogo Dalot is also recovering from an unspecified injury picked up during the Newcastle United game before the international break.
Solskjaer Talks Up Brazilian Duo As Replacement For Pogba Ahead Of Chelsea Clash
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talked up the possibility of Brazilian duo Fred and Andreas Pereira replacing Paul Pogba ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with top four rivals Chelsea.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has missed eight of the last ten games in all competitions as a result of an ankle problem and he has suffered a setback in his quest to recover from that injury.
According to Solskjaer, Pogba will miss the next month with the setback.
The Manchester United boss wants the Brazilian international duo of Fred and Andreas Pereira to step up for the team in the absence of Paul Pogba.
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The French midfielder has been restricted to just six appearances in all competitions due to the persistent ankle problem with five of those games coming in the Premier League.
Paul Pogba has missed eight out of the last ten games in all competitions.
In his absence, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has settled on the midfield trio of Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Fred.
Solskjaer takes his Manchester United players to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup fourth round with the aim of repeating the outcome from the FA Cup fifth round last season which ended in a 2-0 home defeat for the Blues.
Carabao Cup: Liverpool Facing Disqualification Ahead of Arsenal Clash
Premier League leaders Liverpool could be thrown out of the Carabao Cup this season after they fielded an ineligible player in the last round.
Liverpool beat English League One side MK Dons 2-0 away from home in the third round of competition courtesy the goals from James Milner and Young defender Ki-Jana Hoever either side of the halftime interval.
The Reds featured 22-year-old Pedro Chirivella who’s said to be ineligible due to issues relating to the International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
If found guilty, the EFL could fine or ban Liverpool.
The Premier League leaders have already released a statement on the situation.
According to the Mersey side giants, they have opened an investigation into the matter and that their position on the matter would not be revealed until they have concluded their findings.
For now, their participation in the Carabao Cup fourth round is in serious doubt.
The fourth round draw pitted them with North London giants Arsenal.
Liverpool were scheduled to host the Gunners for the two teams to battle it out for the right to qualify for the next round.
On their part, Arsenal have no issues with the EFL.
They thrashed English Championship opposition Nottingham Forest 5-0 in their third round meeting last week.