Manchester City will host champions Liverpool in the undisputed highlight of Thursday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round draw.
The top two of last season’s Premier League will face off just days after the climax of the 2022 World Cup at the end of December. City won four consecutive League Cup titles before Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to claim the trophy last season.
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Liverpool have been struggling domestically this season, needing a penalty shootout to get rid of second-tier Derby County on Wednesday after drawing 0-0 at Anfield.
City were forced to work hard for their third-round win over Chelsea.
City’s only defeat in all competitions this season was against Liverpool, however, with Mohamed Salah’s late goal giving them a 1-0 Premier League victory last month.
Among the other 16 final clashes, Manchester United, who beat Aston Villa 4-2 in the last round of the third round on Thursday, will host championship leaders Burnley at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United will face Bournemouth in a Premier League clash at St. James’ Park.
Matches will be played the week starting December 19. The World Cup final will take place in Qatar on December 18.
Complete draw for the 4th round of the Carabao Cup:
Wolves vs Gillingham
Southampton v Lincoln City
Blackburn Rovers vs Nottingham Forest
Newcastle United vs Bournemouth
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Manchester United vs Burnley
MK Dons vs Leicester City
Charlton Athletic vs Brighton
Reuters information was used in this report.