The EFL has complied with Liverpool’s request to postpone their semi-final match in the first match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium following an increase in Covid-19 positive cases at the Merseyside club. The Reds were forced to close their training facilities on Wednesday after the outbreak.
Liverpool are in the middle of a Covid-19 outburst as well as concerns about injuries as they were without nine players for their match against Chelsea on Sunday. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, and Joel Matip was forced to miss Sunday’s high-stakes match. Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane will not be available for selection as they are preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations service.
Liverpool were forced to shut down their AXA training center after consultation with the relevant public health authorities and were unable to continue their preparations for the Carabao Cup clash after registering several positive cases among their players and staff. Assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders, who has been temporarily responsible for the first team while Klopp is in isolation, has now tested positive with others. The Merseyside club had made a formal request to postpone the match against Arsenal and EFL has complied with the request.
“EFL has been in regular dialogue with the kid over the last 48 hours in an attempt to understand if the draw could continue, but significant developments during this period have resulted in the club reporting an ever-increasing number of Covid cases, “EFL said in a statement.
“After fully reviewing the circumstances involved, the league has accepted Liverpool’s request after stating, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the club appears to mitigate the additional risk of infection among its teams and staff. in addition to ensuring that public health was protected by not traveling from Liverpool to London. “
Our Carabao Cup semi-final, first match against Arsenal on Thursday has been postponed.
We would like to thank the EFL and Arsenal for their understanding, as well as supporters of both clubs, as we continue to navigate through this challenging period.
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 5, 2022
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