LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Manchester City's Erling Haaland (L) challenges for a header with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool to play Man City in Carabao Cup fourth round

Liverpool have been drawn to play away to Man City in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

The Reds’ reward for beating Derby County on Wednesday night is a match against Pep Guardiola’s side.

The tie is actually the next match after Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton, arriving days after the World Cup final in the week before Christmas.

The exact date is to be confirmed, but it will be on either December 20, 21 or 22 – potentially just two days after the World Cup final.

And while that may seem like an inconvenience to some, it could actually provide Jurgen Klopp‘s squad with an ideal match to return to playing action ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Aston Villa.

Liverpool will be hoping to have Luis Diaz back from injury for the match, while anybody not involved in the latter stages of the World Cup will also be available.

Liverpool will have fewer players than Man City at the World Cup.

Should Liverpool progress, the fifth round takes place in the week commencing January 9.

Full Fourth Round draw:

Wolves v Gillingham
Southampton v Lincoln
Blackburn v Nott’m Forest
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Man City v Liverpool
Man United v Burnley
MK Dons v Leicester
Charlton v Brighton