For Chelsea and City, much could depend on the outcome of their Carabao Cup tie as the two teams are set to meet next in the third round of the competition. With one team exiting in round three, a loss for the other team in round four could result in a fixture being arranged with Liverpool and Tottenham.
But it is more likely that they are forced to play two games within close proximity of each other, something Jurgen Klopp has experienced before. Liverpool opted to field a line-up containing their under-23 development squad in a FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury after it clashed with the club’s plans to play in the Club World Cup.
While is there no suggestion club bosses like Klopp, Graham Potter, Antonio Conte or Pep Guardiola would be forced into such a situation just yet, the dilemma of finding a game week to play their Premier League fixtures could be crucial as all four teams battle to finish in the top four and even contend for the league title.