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Chelsea were knocked out of the Carabao Cup fourth round after a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United killing the Blues hopes of winning the competition.
Three top teams in Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are still in the competition, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned that his side could pull out of the competition if his side doesn’t get a good date for their next game.
“I’m not concerned, somebody else has to be concerned because we didn’t make the fixture list, we didn’t make the schedule,” said Klopp after the game.
“FIFA told us the Club World Cup will be there [Qatar] and we have to go there and we will do. The Premier League tells us we have to play in the Premier League, which we do obviously. The Carabao Cup, what we did tonight, if they don’t find an appropriate place for us, not 3am on Christmas Day, then we don’t play it.
“They have to make that decision. You have to think about these things.
“If you have a fixture list where one team cannot be part of all the games, then you have to think about the fixture list. Hopefully it starts now. We will not be the victim of this problem.
“We play tonight, we wanted to win it, we did that, and if they don’t find a proper date, then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through.
“Or Arsenal play them. We are going to ignore that problem completely for tonight. A lot of people from the Premier League were sitting in front of the television hoping that Arsenal can do it. But, sorry.”
However, if Liverpool refuses to play their quarterfinal clash with Aston Villa in the next round, Aston Villa will have an automatic qualification to the semifinal.
The EFL are working to accommodate Liverpool and will only grant a ‘bye’ into the next round if there is no other solution.
Rule 4.4 reads: “International and Representative matches and Football Association Cup Ties take precedence over matches in the Cup Competition. Any Club qualifying for a place in a UEFA club competition, up to a maximum of eight such Clubs, shall be exempt from participating in this Competition until Round Three.
“When the remaining number of Clubs entered is other than sixty-four the Management Committee shall arrange for byes where necessary. No Club shall have a bye in successive rounds of the Competition.”
Liverpool and Chelsea have already qualified for the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup after winning the Champions League and Europa League respectively.