Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of playing two different teams in the Carabao Cup quarter-final and FIFA Club World Cup in December.
However, the Liverpool boss admitted he has held talks about leaving players behind to play in the last-eight clash against Aston Villa, while the rest of his squad flew to Qatar.
Klopp said: “We discussed it. We have to as there is not too much time to make that decision. But no final decision yet.
“If we did play while in Qatar it would be two different teams but we cannot leave any players at home for the Carabao Cup.
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“We have two games there [in Qatar] in a very busy period. It is not that we can go there with 11 players and say these 11 guys play two games in Qatar and the other guys play back home against Aston Villa.
“It doesn’t work like that. We will make a decision, but not yet.”
Klopp also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…
On injuries to Naby Keita and Joel Matip
“Naby I don’t know [if he’s available], we will see.
“Joel is not [available] for the next few weeks.”
On playing too much football
“The discussion is obvious that it is too much [football]. Let’s have a look at how they deal with it.
“At the end of January, after a busy December, there are two [Carabao Cup] semis. Why have two semi-final [legs]? We have FA Cup games at the weekend. No one wants to touch it.
“We wonder why the best players in the world cannot perform as good as they can for as long as they want.
“People say ‘have a bigger squad’. In the moment, it’s an imbalance between squad numbers and the amount of breaks they need. Two weeks off a year [is not enough].”
On Fabinho being one yellow card away from a suspension
“I don’t know yet. I will have to see. I know he is [close to a suspension]. No challenges at all!
“It is not possible against Villa to play without tackles. We know it. We have to deal with this information, either him or me with the line-ups.”
On Liverpool’s youngsters starring against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday
“It was the best way to learn things. What we have to do is make these boys ready for the rest of their careers.
“As parents you don’t want your kids facing tough situations, but it helps sometimes.
“They were exceptional, that is why I was so pleased. I would have been the same if we had lost 5-4 [on penalties].
“The boys did well and it was exciting to watch. They used their potential really well. I am pleased.”
On Trent Alexander-Arnold’s strong start to the season
“He is so young, a wonderful story for different reasons. Everyone in Liverpool is desperate for a Scouse hero.
“I wish for him he can stay healthy and fit and the future is bright with us. He’s a great role model, it’s a pleasure to work with him.”
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