Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in Carabao Cup quit threat and issues ultimatum to organisers


Liverpool beat Arsenal in the Carabao Cup fourth round but their quarter-final match could be a problem.

Liverpool will be in the Carabao Cup quarter-final draw tomorrow morning but when they will actually play the fixture remains to be seen.

The matches involving the last eight will take place on the week commencing December 16.

But Liverpool will be competing for the Club World Cup in Doha at the same time after winning the Champions League last season.

And Klopp has sensationally told the organisers of the Carabao Cup the Reds could quit the competition.

He said: “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.

“I think a lot of people from the Premier League were watching on TV hoping Arsenal do it. Sorry!”

Liverpool saw off Arsenal in a scintillating match at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

The Reds progressed via a penalty shootout after an incredible 5-5 draw in the 90 minutes.

Klopp’s side took the lead after Shkodran Mustafi scored a howler of an own goal but before they knew it Liverpool were 3-1 down.

Lucas Torreira and a Gabriel Martinelli double put the Gunners in a strong position.

James Milner then converted a penalty to leave the score 3-2 at half-time.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles restored Arsenal’s two-goal cushion in the second half before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted a screamer to peg them back.

Divock Origi followed that up by putting Liverpool back on level terms but Joe Willock scored a beautiful curling effort to make it 5-4.

But Origi stole the headlines with an injury-time equaliser and youngster Curtis Jones converted the winning penalty in the shootout.

Klopp was delighted with the effort and character his players were able to show in coming back from being down on several occasions at Anfield.

He said: “We made some mistakes, we played some average passes. We were too open at times. We can talk about tactics but who cares on a night like this? I hoped for the boys they would have a game to remember. What they did tonight, I lost it really.

“It’s like a dream to play for the first time at Anfield, but things might not be going right and you have to stay on track. All our goals we cored were wonderful.

“Kelleher is an outstanding talent. The crossing from Williams, he might not thought he would play tonight.

“Jones… it was not my decision in the end for him to take the last penalty. When I saw the list Origi was the taker of the last one and they changed it obviously.

“If you don’t win nobody remembers it in three years, if it works out the boys will remember it forever.”


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