European champions Liverpool have confirmed that they will play both their Carabao Cup quarter-final match against Aston Villa and their Club World Cup semi-final clash in Qatar within a span of two days by using two squads. The Carabao Cup quarter-final match between Liverpool and Aston Villa will be played according to the schedule, as planned on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, but the Reds will also participate in the FIFA Club World Cup on the following day.
The English Football League confirmed the date for the clash against Aston Villa. According to a statement issued by the EFL, Liverpool had requested that the match be played on December 17 and have committed to fielding a side that is largely consistent with the ones they have put out in the competition until this point.
The remarkable schedule provides a solution for Liverpool's hectic fixture list, as it had originally been mooted that the tie with Villa would be played on January 8, 2020 – the night that has been reserved for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals, thus leading to another clash in fixtures.
Although Liverpool's situation is a rare one, yet some teams have faced it in the past. Their archrivals Manchester United is one of them as they played a Premier League game on November 4, 2001 co-incidentally against Liverpool at Old Trafford, which they won 3-1. A day later, United met Arsenal in their third round League Cup match at the erstwhile Highbury Park in North London but were defeated by a comprehensive 0-4 margin.
Arsenal hosted Charlton Athletic in their league game on November 4 itself at Highburg but staggeringly lost 2-4 despite having 27 shots on goal. However, the Gunners bounced back to defeat United in their League Cup match the very next day.