Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has warned that his side could boycott the Carabao Cup due to fixture congestion.

Klopp wants a suitable date to be arranged for the quarterfinal encounter. The last eight round is scheduled for the week commencing December 16 and the Reds will be unable to participate as they head to Qatar for their Club World Cup semi-final on December 18.

Speaking after beating Arsenal on Wednesday to progress through to the next stage, the gaffer said: “If they don’t find an appropriate place – and I don’t mean Christmas Day 3am – then we don’t play [the game].

“If they don’t find a proper date and we can’t play the next round, then whoever our opponent is will go through, or Arsenal play.

“I think a lot of people from the Premier League were sitting watching on television hoping Arsenal can do it. But I’m sorry.”

Liverpool won the Round of 16 match after winning the penalty shootout 5-4. The teams had played to a thrilling 5-5 stalemate inside the regulation time.

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