LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish has launched a blistering attack on the "disgraceful" fixture scheduling which will see his side play two matches in 48 hours.
The Reds face Manchester City in a 4pm kick-off on Sunday, November 27, before travelling to London for their Carling Cup quarter-final with Chelsea the following Tuesday.
Despite attempts to have one of the matches rescheduled, the club's efforts have fallen on deaf ears.
Now Dalglish has taken the step of warning fans they should consider whether to buy tickets for the cup tie, as he may field a youth team at Stamford Bridge.
"It is disgraceful in this day and age that players are being asked to play a key Premier League game and then a League Cup quarter-final in London just 48 hours later," he said.
"It's understandable with the Spurs v PAOK Salonika (Europa League) match and the TUC rally that the Met Police have said that our game cannot be played on the Wednesday.
"But it's surely the duty of the football authorities to think of other solutions.
"When we ask the Football League to move our game, we're told it's impossible.
"If the Football League want to devalue their own competition, that's up to them, but they shouldn't then be upset if people use these games to help in the development of young players.
"The one thing I will say to our fans is to think carefully before buying tickets."
The Scot said the club had tried to bring their league match forward but had been told it was impossible because their Sunday clash at Anfield will be televised.