Liverpool to use two squads for two games in 24 hours

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The Merseyside outfit have confirmed that they will in fact honour their quarter-final match with Aston Villa on December 17 by putting out a completely different squad from the one that will play in the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar the day after.

"Finally, I would like to wish the Club well in representing the English game at the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar".

The latter is probably the answer for most, though the Premier League, Champions League and even FA Cup are probably higher on the club's list of importance than those two.

Jurgen Klopp during the training session.

It's likely that Klopp would prioritise the Fifa Club World Cup, so the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson would most probably make the trip to Qatar.

Alisson is Liverpool's undisputed number one while the back four includes Joel Matip partnering Virgil van Dijk whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold & Andy Robertson operate at full-back.

It is no surprise then that Guardiola is already playing mind games, considering his team are losing bodies by the week.

The Senegal forward had been booked in the first half against Villa for simulation, falling theatrically under an innocuous challenge in the penalty area from Frederic Guilbert, and that moment had obviously been relayed back to the Etihad Stadium.

The midfield trio also features full internationals in Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana.

Both sides are in Champions League action in midweek ahead of their meeting at Anfield.

But following extended discussions with the league, Liverpool have now requested the Villa match remains on the original date, meaning they will play two competitive matches - on two different continents - in the space of two days.

The young Reds will undoubtedly be needed for these games, with the likes of Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott, Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco Williams and Sepp van den Berg all set to start in either competition.

Goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher and Pedro Chirivella were among those who featured and full-back Yasser Larouci was an unused substitute.

"It's the only team in the league that can hurt us".

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