How Liverpool fans can go to both their games inside 24 hours in December


There's a little known fact that Mark Hughes once played two games in the same day - one for Wales, and one for Bayern Munich. 

Unfortunately, the powers that be in football so often need reminding that just because something can be done, it doesn't mean it should. 

On December 17, the EFL have confirmed that Liverpool will be required to play Aston Villa at Villa Park in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Less than 24 hours later, the Reds are expected in Qatar for the semi-finals of the Club World Cup. 

When news of this first emerged, Jurgen Klopp, quite understandably, threatened to boycott the domestic cup.

The German had done his utmost to get knocked out of it altogether, but was thwarted by the cunning ineptitude of Unai Emery's Arsenal. 

Klopp demanded the Villa game be rescheduled, to no avail. And so, the European champions have been given no choice but to field two completely different line-ups for two games in two days. 

It's not even clear which one Klopp will be going to. Could he go to both? 

Well, should he be joined by any dedicated - read, insane - Liverpool fans, they'll be delighted to know it is in fact possible to attend both fixtures. 


Per the Daily Mail, it costs £613 to fly from Birmingham to Doha, which is over 4,000 miles away. 

You could even have a night out in Birmingham first, should you feel like celebrating a Liverpool win. Then, fly from Birmingham at 7.50am local time on the morning of December 18. 

Thanks to the time difference, that'll get you to where you need to be in the Middle East a whole three hours ahead of kick-off - unless the flight's delayed, of course, in which case it would all have been a massive waste of time and money. 

It then takes around 45 minutes to drive from the airport to the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

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In at least one of the games - likely the League Cup - Klopp will play an under-strength side of reserves and youth players, as the senior staff will be unavailable. 

None of this need have transpired had Liverpool been allowed to move the Villa game to January 8, 2020.

"The situation is clear," Klopp told reporters.

"There would be a few solutions possible, but there was not one day where FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, the Football League, that they have to sit at a table and think about the players and not about their wallet."

An utterly ludicrous situation and one which could have so easily been avoided. 

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