Liverpool play in the FIFA Club World Cup in the same week as the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

Aston Villa would progress automatically into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup were Liverpool to follow through on their threat to quit the competition, Metro.co.uk understands.

Liverpool booked their place in the quarter-finals following their ten-goal thriller against Arsenal at Anfield, a game the Reds won on penalties after a 94th-minute equaliser.

Once the celebrations had died down, Jurgen Klopp stunningly claimed Liverpool might be forced to pull out of the competition due to fixture congestion.

Liverpool have to play in the FIFA Club World Cup as Champions League winners and those fixtures fall in the same week, beginning 16 December, as the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Liverpool are scheduled to face Aston Villa in the next round (Picture: Getty)

The EFL are working to accommodate Liverpool and will only grant a ‘bye’ into the next round if there is no other solution.

Rule 4.4 reads: ‘International and Representative matches and Football Association Cup Ties take precedence over matches in the Cup Competition. Any Club qualifying for a place in a UEFA club competition, up to a maximum of eight such Clubs, shall be exempt from participating in this Competition until Round Three. When the remaining number of Clubs entered is other than sixty-four the Management Committee shall arrange for byes where necessary. No Club shall have a bye in successive rounds of the Competition.’

Arsenal would not be given a second chance in the competition even if Liverpool give up their place.

The EFL were in talks with Liverpool before the last-16 round tie with Arsenal and are confident a solution will be reached that will see the Reds remain in the cup and play Villa.

‘I’m not concerned, somebody else has to be concerned because we didn’t make the fixture list, we didn’t make the schedule,’ said Klopp after the game.

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‘Fifa told us the Club World Cup will be there [Qatar] and we have to go there and we will do. The Premier League tells us we have to play in the Premier League, which we do obviously. The Carabao Cup, what we did tonight, if they don’t find an appropriate place for us, not 3am on Christmas Day, then we don’t play it.

‘They have to make that decision. You have to think about these things.

Arsenal would not be re-entered into the competition (Picture: Getty)

‘If you have a fixture list where one team cannot be part of all the games, then you have to think about the fixture list. Hopefully it starts now. We will not be the victim of this problem.

‘We play tonight, we wanted to win it, we did that, and if they don’t find a proper date, then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through.

‘Or Arsenal play them. We are going to ignore that problem completely for tonight. A lot of people from the Premier League were sitting in front of the television hoping that Arsenal can do it. But, sorry.’

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