Liverpool have confirmed they will use two squads, for their Carabao Cup and FIFA Club World Cup fixtures next month.
The Reds beat Arsenal on penalties, to book a place in the quarter-final, where they take on Aston Villa.
“Liverpool Football Club can confirm our Carabao Cup quarterfinal tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.
“As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup.
“The club would like to take this opportunity to underline that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is an outcome which was arrived at with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the sole motivating factor.
“We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff,” a statement on the club’s website read.