With 11 changes at Deepdale, it was never going to be the free-flowing football that Liverpool have readily supplied in the early stages of the season.
While the draw is on Saturday, the quarter-final tie will not take place until the week commencing December 20, adding another fixture to an already packed schedule.
In December, Jurgen Klopp‘s side will now contest nine games in the space of 27 days across three different competitions.
With Liverpool travelling to Tottenham on December 19, the expectation will be that the Reds’ League Cup tie will be scheduled for Wednesday, December 22, four days before Anfield’s Boxing Day clash with Leeds.
Liverpool’s Festive Fixture List
- Everton (A) – December 1, 8.15pm
- Wolves (A) – December 4, 3pm
- AC Milan (A) – December 7, 8pm
- Aston Villa (H) – December 11, 3pm
- Newcastle (H) – December 16, 8pm
- Tottenham (A) – December 19, 4.30pm
- League Cup Quarter-final – December 21/22
- Leeds (H) – December 26, 12.30pm
- Leicester (A) – December 28, 8pm
Liverpool typically thrives with such a schedule but with drop offs in years gone by after the festive period, managing this run of games will hold the key heading into 2022.
And should the Reds emerge from their League Cup quarter-final, they will not have to wait long for the semi-final doubleheader which is scheduled for the week commencing January 3 and January 10.