Stupid question, but I’ll ask, do we even have enough players to field two Competitive teams in 2 separate countries??
Sure - we just have to drop down into the Academy to finish the 2nd group (League Cup) out.
As FK10 says, we will need more than 18 to take to Qatar just in case. So for example:
Squad to Qatar for Club World Cup - 24 players
GK: Alisson, Adrian, Lonergan (3)
D: Trent, Robbo, Milner, Hoever, Virgil, Matip, Gomez, Lovren (
M: Gini, Fab, Hendo, Keita, Ox, Lallana, one more (7)
F: Salah, Mane, Bobby, Origi, Shaq, Brewster (6)
Squad to play Villa in League Cup quarterfinal - 22
GK: Kelleher, Backup Youth keeper like Dan Atherton or Winterbottom (2)
D: Neco Williams, Larouci, Gallacher, Boyes, Van den Berg, Clayton, Gallacher, Koumetio (
M: Kane, Clarkson, Chirivella, Christie-Davies, Dixon-Bonner, Lewis, Cain (7)
F: Jones, Elliott, Stewart, Hill, Longstaff (5)
That leaves probably either Jones r Elliott to go to Qatar with the first group. All of these players have at least trained with the first team and most have been named to a matchday squad at some point.