Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte have Carabao Cup wish for Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool



Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte both think that the EFL should consider making the Carabao Cup semi-finals one-legged ties, amid rising Covid-19 cases and potential fixture congestion.

After making ten changes from the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, Liverpool progressed through to the semi-finals the hard way against Leicester.

A 95th minute equaliser from Takumi Minamino meant that the scores were level (3-3) at the final whistle, and with no extra-time available in the quarter-final stage of the competition, the Reds knocked the Foxes out on penalties (5-4).

The win sets up a semi-final bout with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal who qualified on Tuesday night following a convincing 5-1 win over League One Sunderland.

Arsenal are set to host the first of the two-legs, but Klopp insists that he would relinquish Liverpool’s home advantage in the second-leg if it meant that there was only one deciding game.

“I think it would be better with one game absolutely, but obviously what I say is not too important,” Klopp said after the clash with Leicester, via the Daily Mail.

“If there are two games, then we will play two games. But it would be helpful if there was only one, true.

“The draw has us at Arsenal, I’m fine with that, we play there and see who is better and go for it.

“I don’t just speak about player welfare this year, I have been speaking about it for six years or maybe longer.

“If the things I say would help more, I would say it much more often. But it doesn’t help.

“The only thing I do with these messages is I create headlines. They never arrive at the right places.

“Tomorrow we have a meeting at 4pm but it’s with the Premier League and not with the EFL, I’m not sure if they are involved or not.

“I said it before, I would prefer only one semi-final. But I can’t see any kind of changes actually.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham beat a resilient West Ham 2-1 on Wednesday night.

The win means that they will face Chelsea in the penultimate round of the competition, but speaking after the game, Conte also admitted that he would prefer a one-legged tie.

“Honestly, if I had to decide, maybe it would be to play one game and not two games – especially, I repeat, for the situation we are living – but we have to respect the rules,” he said, via the Guardian.

Given the current circumstances regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Klopp and Conte’s concerns are certainly understandable.

However, for now at least, it looks as though they will have to prepare for two-legs against their respective opposition.

The first of those is likely to be played on Tuesday, January 4 – although that is still to be determined.





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