The FA Cup next season will not have replays and the League Cup semi-finals will be one-legged affairs.
The FA said the following in a statement, which has been quoted by the Mirror : “In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020-21 season.”
Liverpool will enter the third round of the League Cup due to their European commitments and these games take place on the 22nd and the 23rd of September.
The final will be played on the 28th of February at Wembley.
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This will help in what could be a very long season for the Reds.
It would be fair to say that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is not a fan of the FA Cup replays. In fact, he took a stand against the FA Cup replays last season.
Klopp did not attend Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield. That indicated that Klopp is not a huge fan of the cup competitions.
At the time, he stated that players who constantly play should get some time away from the game.
Previously, Klopp has mostly picked younger players or fringe players for the early rounds of these cup competitions.
In fact, Klopp picked an entire team of kids in Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town last season.
But, the easing of games in the calendar will hopefully help it to be a smoother season with fewer injuries to the team and less fatigue come winter time.
With that being the case, we might see a few more senior players picked for the cup competitions next season.