Liverpool's agreement to force the Carabao Cup quarter-final into their packed fixture schedule was because of pressure from football's governing bodies, says coach Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds confirmed on Tuesday that they will play both their last-eight cup clash at Aston Villa and their Club World Cup semi-final clash in Qatar within the space of a day - by using two squads across the December 17-18 dates.
Klopp had originally vowed to withdraw from the Carabao Cup if it a suitable date could be found, but speaking after Liverpool's 2-1 win over Genk in the Champions League, the German coach revealed that he didn't want to get on the bad side of FIFA and the EFL.
When asked if Liverpool were pressured into the situation, Klopp said: "Kind of. Do you want to be really in trouble with FIFA? No. Do we want to be in trouble with the EFL? Probably not!
"We respect the competition. It sounds like we don’t like the Carabao Cup, which is not true."