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Premier League manager wants League Cup replaced with British Cup

Premier League manager David Moyes wants League Cup replaced with a British Cup following calls from UEFA president to scrap the current version.

Aleksander Ceferin told The Times on Thursday that it would be “better for everyone” if the competition was axed to to make it easier for top players.

It comes as FIFA plan to launch yet another tournament in the summer of 2021 – a 24-team Club World Cup – which could rival an expanded version of the pre-season International Champions Cup.

The League Cup has existed since 1960, but in more recent years. the specialty of the competition has worn off as Premier League sides are forced to put out their youngsters due to an overcrowded schedule.

David Moyes has come up with another idea, in revamping it rather than scrapping it altogether, and is up for the idea of teams from other countries taking part.

He said: “My opinion on it is I’ve always thought we should have included Scotland.

“I think it could do with a revamp, maybe there’s a way that then a certain amount of Premier League teams wouldn’t enter.

“I understand the fixture pile-up and there are an awful lot of games for the top players. A lot who will be playing in the Euros and just off the back of playing long seasons, Saturday-Wednesday, and are then expected to start again in the Premier League with only two or three weeks’ break, so I don’t think that’s correct. The players are going to have no time off at all.

“It’s in need of some way of being revamped. Call it the British Cup. A couple of teams from Northern Ireland, maybe two of the Welsh League clubs. That could give us something different.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called the League Cup “important” while stressing “we have to work on a solution”.

On Friday, he said: “I think we can do a lot of different stuff.

“Everyone tells me in public how much it means. The League Cup is a very traditional competition in England so how can I say we should scrap it? From a financial point of view it is important for the Football League so how can we say it is not important, it is important so I really think we have to work on a solution.

“Fewer games are already possible with little adaptations. So far, what I am happy about is people are really talking. We have to talk about it. The season is intense.

“What I am even more concerned about is what happens between the last game of the season and the first game of the new season. That was always a natural moment when everyone had a break and that doesn’t happen.

“The League Cup alone is not a solution but less games is still the target because you cannot carry on like this for long.

“It is not for me to make a decision, the decision is to be made by other people and I am happy if they talk to each other – that would be the first time since I am in England. That’s good, big progress.”







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