City and Liverpool to clash in Carabao Cup fourth round
Carabao Cup holders Liverpool will go up against fellow Premier League giants Manchester City in the fourth round of the competition.
Liverpool needed penalties to get past League One side Derby on Wednesday, while City have already seen off top-flight rivals in Chelsea thanks to a 2-0 win.
But the two were paired together in Thursday's draw, meaning there will be at least one major casualty in the fourth round, with games due to take place just a few days after the World Cup final.
If City can beat Liverpool, they will fancy their chances of going all the way once again, having won the EFL Cup six times in the past nine seasons.
Four of those successes have come since Pep Guardiola took charge and one more will see them equal Liverpool's all-time record of nine EFL Cup triumphs.
Manchester United booked their place in the draw with a thrilling 4-2 win over Aston Villa on Thursday. And they will be confident of a more straightforward route through the next round after drawing Championship side Burnley, now managed by City great Vincent Kompany.
Newcastle and Bournemouth will contest an all-Premier League tie, while Blackburn await Nottingham Forest.
League Two side Gillingham, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, face a trip to Premier League opposition in Wolves.
Lincoln of League One also have a big away day in front of them as they go to Southampton, while another third-tier side – MK Dons – will play host to Leicester.
Charlton, the only remaining London-based club, welcome Brighton to The Valley after the Seagulls eliminated Arsenal.
All matches will be played in the week commencing December 19.
Carabao Cup fourth-round draw in full
Wolves vs Gillingham
Southampton vs Lincoln
Blackburn vs Nottingham Forest
Newcastle vs Bournemouth
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Manchester United vs Burnley
MK Dons vs Leicester
Charlton vs Brighton