Man City told not to be 'disrespectful' as new Liverpool controversy emerges - Whelan
Noel Whelan has urged Man City and Liverpool not to “disrespect” the League Cup despite their clash being so close to the end of the World Cup.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed World Cup stars should play in the game in order to keep the momentum high ahead of the second half of the season.
Man City confirmed on 14 November that their League Cup fourth-round clash with Liverpool will take part on 22 December.
The Etihad Stadium showdown will kick off just four days after the World Cup final, a game which both teams could have involvement.
Man City have 16 players at the tournament – the most in the Premier League – while Liverpool have just seven stars away in Qatar.
Earlier this year, clubs were reportedly exploring a rule change which would give the top-flight’s best teams the option to “opt-out” of playing in the League Cup.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “There have been many question marks about whether the League Cup has been respected enough.
“There is talk of rule changes, and of course many teams choose to put out these weakened teams.
“But it’s a chance to get closer to a final, to secure European football.
“It shouldn’t be disrespected.
“If these players coming back from the World Cup want to play, they should play. It’s all about getting the momentum back into your league campaign as soon as possible.
“There’s no better way to do that than in a cup tie against one of your biggest rivals.”