Jurgen Klopp And Antonio Conte Have Each Called For The Carabao Cup Semi-Finals To Be Played Over A Single Leg

Both sides won their quarter-finals Liverpool beat Leicester on penalties thanks to a late Takumi Minamino equaliser, while Tottenham defeated West Ham 2-1 after goals from Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura.

Liverpool will play Arsenal in the last four, with Tottenham meeting Chelsea. The ties are due to take place in weeks commencing 3 and 10 January

Klopp and Conte’s comments follow a week of complaints over scheduling and player workload. On Wednesday, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said that “nobody really takes player welfare seriously”.

The 20 club managers are to meet with the Premier League on Thursday afternoon to discuss these issues.

However, the Carabao Cup is run by the EFL, so the meeting will not address the semi-finals.

Discussing the prospect of the next round being single-legged, Klopp said: “I think it would be better with one game absolutely, but obviously what I say is not too important.

“If there are two games, then we will play two games. But it would be helpful if there was only one, true.

“If the draw has us at Arsenal, I’m fine with that – we play there and see who is better and go for it.

“Tomorrow we have a meeting at 4pm but it’s with the Premier League and not with the EFL, I’m not sure if they are involved or not.

“I said it before, I would prefer only one semi-final. But I can’t see any kind of changes actually.”

Klopp rotated his squad heavily for the quarter-final, making 10 changes against Leicester from the side that drew 2-2 with Tottenham on Sunday.

Speaking after his side’s win over West Ham, Conte said: “Maybe it would be better to play one game and not two games, especially for the situation we are living but we have to respect the rules.”

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