Liverpool Carabao Cup semi-final at Arsenal postponed after EFL decision | Liverpool
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The EFL has acceded to Liverpool’s request to postpone the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday at Arsenal amid an escalating Covid epidemic at the club.
Liverpool submitted the request on Tuesday due to player availability and a growing number of positive tests among the squad and staff. Deputy manager Pepijn Lijnders, who was in charge of the first team ad interim while Jürgen Klopp is in isolation, subsequently tested positive with more players and staff. The club closed its first-team training center on Wednesday after consulting the relevant public health authorities.
The EFL said the postponement was due to “a serious outbreak of Covid infections” among Liverpool staff and players. The first leg will be played at Anfield next Thursday, when the return leg was to take place, and the return leg the following Thursday.
“The EFL has engaged in a regular dialogue with the cub over the past 48 hours in an attempt to understand if the draw could continue, but important developments during this period have led the club to report an ever-growing number of cases of Covid, ”the league said. noted.
“After fully considering the circumstances, the league accepted Liverpool’s request after determining, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the club seek to mitigate the additional risk of infection among their squad and his staff while ensuring public health were protected by not traveling from Liverpool to London.
Liverpool’s first team training center is expected to be closed for at least 48 hours, which would impact preparations for Sunday’s FA Cup third round at home against Shrewsbury. The club’s development teams have separate facilities in Kirkby and could be used against the League One side in case Liverpool run out of first-team players.
Aston Villa were forced to resort to similar measures for last season’s third round match against Liverpool after their first team’s entire ‘bubble’ was placed in isolation.
Nine Liverpool players were missing at Chelsea last Sunday, and Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Naby Keïta went on to appear for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Besides Lijnders, who received his result on Tuesday evening, the club reported new positive tests for Covid among players and staff overnight and Wednesday morning.
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