Covid forces postponement of Liverpool-Arsenal league cup semifinal.© AFP
Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final first-leg match towardson Thursday has been postponed resulting from a “extreme outbreak” of coronavirus instances on the Anfield membership. requested on Tuesday for the match to be rearranged and since then there have been extra constructive exams, forcing the closure of their coaching floor. Supervisor Jurgen Klopp and three gamers — Alisson Becker, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino — had been already isolating earlier than the most recent wave of infections, which features a constructive check for assistant boss Pep Lijnders.
The English Soccer League stated it had accepted Liverpool’s request for a postponement.
“The primary leg of the Carabao (League) Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool scheduled for Thursday 6 January 2022 has been postponed following a proper request by Liverpool resulting from a extreme outbreak of Covid infections amongst their administration and taking part in employees,” the EFL stated in an announcement.
Liverpool stated the rise in instances had left them in need of numbers.
“The most recent spherical of testing on Tuesday returned a big variety of positives, together with Pepijn Lijnders, who was resulting from take cost of the Reds at Emirates Stadium,” they stated in an announcement.
“The outbreak has left Liverpool with no enough variety of gamers and employees to fulfil the competition as initially scheduled.”
The membership are additionally lacking various gamers by way of damage together with Thiago Alcantara, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi, whereas Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are on Africa Cup of Nations obligation.
Liverpool will now host the primary leg of the League Cup tie at Anfield on January 13, with the return leg going down on the Emirates Stadium the next week.
Chelsea are internet hosting Tottenham within the different League Cup semi-final afterward Wednesday.
Liverpool’s subsequent match is because of be the FA Cup third-round tie at dwelling to Shrewsbury on Sunday, which might additionally now be doubtful.
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