Liverpool no longer have the Carabao Cup to contend with this season after defeat at Man City, but that isn’t to say their schedule isn’t to be as busy.
With Liverpool’s defence of their Carabao Cup title now at an end, they do not currently have a fixture scheduled during the week commencing January 9 – and neither do Chelsea.
Where the Chelsea match could fit
- Wolves (H) – FA Cup Third Round – January 7
- Chelsea (A) – Premier League – January 10/11
- Brighton (A) – Premier League – January 14
Stamford Bridge should be available with the women’s side not requiring the ground in that week and with plenty of fixture congestion around the league, you’d expect the Premier League to make the necessary arrangements.
Currently, the next free midweek after January 10/11 for both Liverpool and Chelsea is January 24/25 – a time reserved for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
There will no doubt be some resistance to having games overlap in two different competitions, but there is to be little choice in the matter.
With two games for the Reds to rearrange, no time is ideal in an already unrelenting schedule but the exit of Liverpool and Chelsea from the Carabao Cup could now have added another match to their new year calendar anyway.