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Klopp unsure how Liverpool will play two games in 24 hours

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Published on November 6, 2019 - Duration: 02:27s

Klopp unsure how Liverpool will play two games in 24 hours

Juergen Klopp says he doesn't know yet how Liverpool will play two matches in 24 hours - in separate countries.

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Klopp unsure how Liverpool will play two games in 24 hours

SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 5, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER ASKING LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP: "Are you going to be at the Carabao (League) Cup, are you going to be in Qatar, are you going to leave the Carabao Cup up to Pep (assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders), how's it all going to work, basically is he going to come over to Qatar after that game and join you over there?" KLOPP: "We asked

Class="kln">Aston Villa if they could come to Qatar and we could play the game there (laughter).

"No, we don't know exactly yet, we have an idea how we do it, but it's too early to speak about that.

We had to make a decision, we made that decision because all the other alternatives were more problems than solutions and didn't work out.

"So we said ok, so we said how we can do as good as it is possible for us, but all the rest, we now have a bit of time to think about that, we now have more important things to do - today, playing a game, concentrating on the next game, but in these next couple of weeks we will decide exactly how it will look, but at the end, they will play a Liverpool team, 100%." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP SAYING: "You want to be really in trouble with FIFA?

I'm not sure.

You want to be really in trouble with the EFL, probably not.

So we respect the competitions.

"Look, the Carabao Cup, it sounds like we always don't want to play it, that's not true, but what I don't like of the Carabao Cup to be honest is that it is two legs in the semi-final, I don't understand that.

It's the most busy period and they play two semi-finals, I don't understand that and I don't like it.

But all the rest is a nice competition.

"So we don't play the FA Cup in the first part of the season, so we play there, it's all ok.

And the Team World Cup you play only if you win the Champions League and that doesn't happen in your life five million times, so it means you take the opportunity, they ask you.

Is it the best time of the year?

Nope.

Anyway, are we anyway pretty busy?

Yep.

But we go there, we try to play all the games we have, with all what we have." 4.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP SAYING: "I don't want to cancel competitions, I am from Germany, why should I want to cancel English competitions?

But it should still be possible to talk about the problems and that is what I did.

But some people don't like that - I cannot change, because the problems are obvious.

But it's like every year we do the same thing - and some people find it funny that 'Look at that, they have to play five games in three days, let's see how they do that?'" "We cannot carry on like this, come on, that is why I asked to sit down at a table because at one point we have to find a solution, the solutions so far sound to me more like another problem." STORY: Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said it was too soon to decide exactly how his team will play two games in 24 hours in England and Qatar but it was time to address the regular fixture pile-ups facing top clubs.

Premier League leaders and European champions Liverpool plan to field two different squads in the League Cup and FIFA's Club World Cup in the space of 24 hours in December due to a lack of available dates to postpone the domestic match.

Liverpool's League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa is set to be played on December 17 -- the week they travel to Qatar for the Club World Cup where they play their first match on December 18.

It is not yet clear how Liverpool will split their squad and whether Klopp will be present at both games.

"We asked Aston Villa if they could come to Qatar and we could play the game there," joked Klopp when asked about the situation after his team's 2-1 win over Genk in the Champions League on Tuesday (November 5).

"We don't know exactly how we do it, we have an idea but it's too early to speak about it.

We had to make a decision, we made that decision because all the other alternatives were more problems than solutions and didn't work out.

"We said this way we can do as good as is possible.

In the next couple of weeks we will decide exactly how it will look," he said.

Asked if the club had faced pressure from FIFA and the English Football League (EFL) over the situation, Klopp said: "Kind of.

You want to be really in trouble with FIFA?

I'm not sure.

You want to be really in trouble with the EFL, probably not.

We respect the competitions." The German said his main issue with the League Cup was playing two-legged semi-finals at a busy time in the campaign.

"I don't understand that and I don't like it.

With the rest it is a nice competition," he said.

"The Club World Cup you play only if you win the Champions League and that doesn't happen in your life five million times, you take the opportunity.

Is it the best time of the year?

Nope.

Are we anyway pretty busy?

Yep.

But we go there, we try to play all the games we have, with all that we have," he said.

Klopp, who guided Liverpool to the Champions League title last season, said it was wrong that competitions were relying on certain teams going out in order to keep the fixtures in order.

"You cannot work like this that you hope that somebody goes out and then everything is fine," he said.

"I don't want to cancel competitions, I am from Germany, why would I want to cancel English competitions?

But it should still be possible to talk about the problems and that is what I did.

If some people don't like that - I cannot change.

"The problems are obvious.

Every year we do the same thing - and some people find it funny that 'Look at that they have to play five games in three days, let's see how they do that?'" "We cannot carry on like this, come on, that is why I asked to sit down at a table because at one point we have to find a solution, the solutions so far sound to me more like another problem." (Production: Mike Brock)

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