It’s a tall order, but maybe Liverpool might get away with sending a team of namesakes to Qatar in their stead. The obvious choice would be Liverpool Futbol Club of Montevideo.
They’d be free too, as their Uruguayan Clausura season comes to Cheap Japan Soccer Jerseys China an end on Dec. 8, giving them plenty of time to prepare.
The kids are alright
Liverpool unveil the squad that will play in the Carabao Cup 24 hours before their Club World Cup semifinal pic.twitter.com/5HHiYxK9T0
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) November 5, 2019
Liverpool could always play the kids… as in, actual children. Places in the starting XI could be given out as prizes in a special raffle/prematch musical chairs, etc.
A time for legends
I’m free if need it !! https://t.co/NhdxM1N0el
— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) November 5, 2019
Luis Garcia has already offered his services. Perhaps it’s time to give Djimi Traore and Anthony Le Tallec a call and get the class of ‘2004-05 back together?
Manchester United, Arsenal’s back-to-back games can inspire Liverpool
Arsenal and Manchester United both played matches the day before facing each other in 2001. Getty
Of course, while teams having to play twice in short succession is a rare occurrence, it isn’t entirely without precedent.
Liverpool themselves have been through this before, in December of 1986, when they were forced to play Manchester United (a 1-0 defeat) and Sheffield Wednesday (a 1-0 win) on Boxing Day and Dec. 27 respectively.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United did it on consecutive days as recently as 2001, when they played separate Premier League fixtures on Nov. 4 and then faced each other in the League Cup the very next day. Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright even started both of those games and stayed for the full 90 minutes in each.
However, that turnaround is nothing compared to the feat of Venezuelan club Deportivo Lara, who were forced to play two games in the space of just six hours last year. They emerged victorious in both matches, and that’s despite a power cut plunging the stadium into darkness during the first fixture.
Mark Hughes also famously managed to play two games in two different countries on the same day when he played the full 90 minutes for Wales in a 1988 European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague and then flew back to his club Bayern Munich to play in a big DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund. Hughes came on in the second half with Bayern trailing 1-0 and his introduction instigated a magnificent comeback as the Bavarians ultimately won 3-2 in extra-time.
Japan kit a step away from the norm
Japan have released their new national team home kit for 2020 and it’s a fair departure from the norm.
Instead of a block blue design with red and white trim, the ‘Samurai Blue’ have adopted a camo-style motif inspired by both the bright blue skies above Japan and traditional art.
adidas × Japan national football team 2020 new home kit.#サッカー日本代表 #Japan #Daihyo #見上げる空はひとつだ #adidasFootball #football #soccer #kitstown pic.twitter.com/L2eD3FNn9a
— kitstown (@kitstown) November 6, 2019
The eye-catching design conjures images of Great Waves off the coast of Kanagawa and vistas of Mount Fuji.
As for the rest of the kit, the patterned shirt is coupled with plain blue navy shorts and sky blue socks.