The semi-final clash was due to be the first round in the Carabao Cup that would use VAR, however, the EFL has decided that will no longer be the case to keep it fair.
In a bid to keep a level playing field, the EFL have decided that VAR will now only be used in the final instead of allowing three of the four matches across the two legs to use it.
“It was decided it was fairer to not use it in any of the four semi final games as a result. The FA took a different approach (in the FA Cup) but we felt this was the way to go. If it couldn’t be used in one of the games it won’t be used in any of the four semi final legs.
“However, VAR will be used for the final regardless of who is playing in it as the technology is already installed at Wembley.”
It is at odds with the FA Cup, which uses VAR in games where the technology is available, even if other fixtures in the same round do not have access.
As for who is officiating Liverpool’s first leg against Fulham on Wednesday, David Coote is the man in the middle – someone Reds will be all too familiar with.
Coote was the VAR for last month’s top-of-the-table meeting with Arsenal, when Martin Odegaard’s obvious handball failed to be punished.
He will be assisted from the touchline by Timothy Wood and Wade Smith, while Tim Robinson stands in as the fourth official at Anfield.
There is bound to be mixed reactions to VAR being absent across these games, some will embrace it and others may question its absence should referees miss big decisions that cost a team a place in the final.
The Reds’ first leg against Fulham is on Wednesday before the return leg at Craven Cottage on January 24 – the final, meanwhile, is at Wembley on February 25.