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Liverpool vs Arsenal a doubt due to Reds’ Covid-19 outbreak

Tue 04 January 2022 | 19:46

The Reds boss was not present when his side when against the Blues on the weekend and neither were several players.

Liverpool

’s clash with

Arsenal

may be postponed due to the rise in the Covid-19 cases among

Jurgen Klopp

’s squad.

The Liverpool manager was self-isolating himself when his side faced

Chelsea

on the weekend as he is dealing with a positive Covid-19 case.

Now, on the other hand, their battle against the Gunners in the Carabao Cup may be postponed as the Reds have many absentees.

Their Tuesday training session was called off for the same reason and in their clash against Thomas Tuchel’s side, Liverpool were without nine first-team players, with only Andrew Robertson and Takumi Minamino to return for the battle against Arsenal.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are away as they have to represent their countries in the AFCON on January 9.

Liverpool have requested a postponement on Tuesday, with their official statement reading:

“Liverpool Football Club can confirm an application has been submitted for the postponement of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, first-leg tie with Arsenal due to an escalating number of suspected positive COVID-19 cases and player availability.

“The Reds have formally requested to the EFL that the fixture is rescheduled after further suspected positive tests were registered among players and staff, allied to other factors impacting selection, including illness and injury.

“In response, the club halted preparations at the AXA Training Centre, meaning Tuesday’s first-team training session was cancelled.

“Among the considerations which led to today’s application to the EFL is the need for travelling supporters to be given as much notice as possible of any potential postponement.

“With no prospect of the current situation improving ahead of Thursday’s fixture and the potential for it to worsen, the club considers it both prudent and reasonable to ask for the fixture to be rescheduled.

“Liverpool FC will offer a further update on the application process, as well as the resumption of training, in due course.”


source: SportMob

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