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January was a brutally busy month for Liverpool, who played nine grueling matches in three different competitions. The congested fixture list prompted manager Jurgen Klopp to select a youthful starting XI against West Ham, and although the kids did fine, the last thing Klopp and Liverpool needed was a replay.
But that's exactly what will happen, with the replay set for Feb. 9. That falls squarely in the middle of two Premier League fixtures for the Reds, at home to Sunderland on Feb. 6 and away to Leicester City eight days later.
As it stands, the comparatively short month of February will offer little relief. In addition to their Premier League obligations, Liverpool will resume their UEFA Europa League campaign on Feb. 25 and take on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final three days later.
Nobody said it would be easy, but Klopp must be finding his first season in England even more demanding than he imagined.
"We had the bigger chances, but now we have to play again," Klopp told BT Sport (h/t BBC Sport). "West Ham have good quality in their team and play well in the league. We tried everything, [but] you need a bit of luck."