Jurgen Klopp has suggested Liverpool may not play their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie if the EFL cannot give them an appropriate date for the fixture.
A crazy Carabao Cup fourth-round game had an equally dramatic finish as the Reds beat Arsenal 5-4 in a shootout after Divock Origi’s goal deep into added time made it 5-5 had taken it to penalties at Anfield.
Klopp told the media after the game: “If they can’t find the proper date for us and I don’t mean Christmas Day 3am… then we can’t play the game. Our opponents will progress.
“We will not be the victims of this problem.
“Hopefully it starts now that they think about the fixtures.
“I think a lot of people from the Premier League were watching on TV hoping Arsenal do it. Sorry!”
Liverpool have Club World Cup commitments to play along with their busy Premier League and Champions League schedule.
The Reds are due to play the semi-final of the global club competition in Qatar on December 18, with a final or third-place play-off three days later.
Liverpool’s participation in the tournament, which has come about after they were claimed their sixth Champions League title in June, has already postponed their league trip to West Ham.
And the European Champions are due back in England just days later for a Boxing Day clash against Leicester.
The Carabao Cup quarter-finals draw takes place at 8.45am on Thursday and it is understood Arsenal will not be allowed back into the competition if Klopp’s men do refuse to play the match.