Liverpool FC are in the midst of a rather tight crunch in their fixture list at the moment. In the month of December, Liverpool will play approximately 10 matches, that’s about 1 match every 3 days.
And what’s incredible to consider is that those fixtures aren’t all coming in two competitions. During December, Liverpool will field teams participating in four separate competitions: Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup, and Club World Cup.
Liverpool are, of course, alive in a fifth competition and, today, they got some news on that front. Liverpool’s participation in the FA Cup wasn’t included in previous write ups that talked about the fixture clog because Liverpool’s first match in the competition wouldn’t take place until the new year.
Today, Liverpool learned both when and against whom their FA Cup tie would be against. Slated for January 4th, Liverpool drew none other than their rivals across Stanley Park, Everton. In fact, if the fixture is in fact held on the 4th of January, it will mean that fans of both clubs will have been treated to two Merseyside Derby matches inside of a month, with first taking place on Wednesday, December 4th.
As it stands, it appears that the FA Cup match will be held at Anfield, same as this coming Wednesday’s match. If that’s the case, it would be a welcome reprieve as Liverpool will have had to have played matches in Austria and Qatar during this busy season, so any amount of matches at home will be appreciated.
Regardless, Liverpool now know who their opponent is in their fifth and final competition left alive on the 2019-2020 season. This set of fixtures will have a lot to say as to whether Liverpool’s congested fixture list will remain stout through the end of the season or if that load will be lessened.
Either way, for the first time in my experience as a fan, the Reds look both determined and prepared to tackle the challenges that have come courtesy of their success in the way of extra matches. Because all of these roads lead to extra silverware, and a top club is always ever in the hunt for more accolades.