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Carabao Cup quarter-final fixtures announced

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The Carabao Cup quarter-final ties have been announced, with cup holders Manchester City to start things off with a trip to Oxford United.

Manchester City, who defeated Southampton 3-1 to book their Carabao Cup quarter-final spot on Tuesday, will visit Oxford. Whether or not Liverpool will join them, though, remains up for debate.

The eight-time winners are pushing hard to reschedule their date as they will head to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup from December 17 to 21. Head coach Jurgen Klopp has even declared they’re prepared to boycott the Carabao Cup altogether.

The quarter-final ties are currently scheduled to begin on December 16. Therefore, Arsenal might take up Liverpool’s spot in the game away to Aston Villa.

The Gunners, of course, lost on penalties to Klopp’s men on Wednesday after a thrilling 5-5 draw at Anfield.

“If they don’t find a proper date for us then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through – or Arsenal will play it,” said Klopp.

In response, an EFL spokesman said: “The EFL is in discussions with Liverpool to identify an alternative date given the club’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup competition.”

League Two side Colchester United, meanwhile, will take a trip to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United. And Everton will welcome Leicester City to Goodison Park in the other tie in the final Carabao Cup fixture.

The EFL Cup quarter-final draw

– Oxford vs Manchester City
– Manchester United vs Colchester
– Aston Villa vs Liverpool
– Everton vs Leicester

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Divock Origi, Joe Gomez, Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, James Milner and Rhian Brewster of Liverpool celebrate victory after Curtis Jones of Liverpool (jot pictured) scores his sides fifth penatly during the penalty shoot out during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)