Jurgen Klopp has expressed his frustration with the English calendar.
Speaking on the fixture clash ahead of this weekends Premier League game, also against Villa, Klopp said: “There is no final decision yet [if we will play the quarter-final]. If we would play while we’re in Qatar then we would need two different teams but we cannot leave any players at home for the Carabao Cup.
“It’s obvious that it’s too much, absolutely obvious. Everybody involved in the game will tell you that, and you know it as well,” he added.
“For example, Premier League – what a competition, then Carabao Cup a nice competition – what a wonderful game we had the other night.
“But then at the end of January after a very busy schedule in December, we have two semi-finals. It is an easy decision for me to say, okay if you want to keep the competition why two semi-finals?”