Jurgen Klopp is considering forming two teams, one to take to Qatar for the Club World Cup and the other to leave in England to play in the Carabao Cup.
This is not the first time that the prestigious domestic team’s world championship tournament has caused fixture problems for the English side.
Back in 2000, Manchester United actually withdrew from playing in the FA Cup so they could take part in the tournament.
English Football Association is notorious sticklers for domestic competition schedules.
They have been criticized on many occasions for some of the fixture chaos that takes place in English football.
Liverpool faces the problem of two games in Qatar, and a game in England all within a 48 hour period.
The Merseysiders have two options. Firstly withdraw from one of the competitions, and secondly, put together two teams.
It appears that the later is something Jurgen Klopp is seriously considering.
One that will travel to Qatar and the other that will stay home and compete domestically.
In his weekly press conference reported by the official club website liverpoolfc.com, he could not confirm the club’s position on their fixture issue.
The club are considering all options right now, but have not made a final decision as yet.
“We have discussed it already.”
“We have to because there’s not too much time to make that decision.”
“There’s not a final decision yet.”
The two team option is a serious prospect.
“If we would play while we are in Qatar, it would be two different teams.”
“We cannot leave any [senior] players at home for the EFL Cup – we have two games [in Qatar] in a very busy period.”
“It’s not that we can go there with 11 players and say these 11 guys play the two games in Qatar.”
“Then, the other [senior] guys play at home in England against Aston Villa.”
“We have to make a decision and we will make a decision but not yet.”
The unfortunate situation comes from the club’s domestic and continental success.
However, it seems rather ridiculous that they should ultimately have to sacrifice potential further success.
It surmounts to nothing less than being punished.