5th January, 2022
Liverpool have asked the English Football League (EFL) to reschedule the first leg of their League Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Thursday.
The club made the request Tuesday night due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases at the club.
Liverpool cancelled Tuesday’s first-team training session.
“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,” the club said in a statement.
“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.”
Manager Juergen Klopp, along with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, forward Roberto Firmino and defender Joel Matip were ruled out of the 2-2 draw against Chelsea at the weekend after returning positive tests.
Today, assistant coach Pep Lijnders also tested positive for Covid-19.
Lijnders, who would have been in charge for the game at the Emirates Stadium given that Jurgen Klopp is isolating, discovered the result of his latest test late on Tuesday night, Mail Online reports.
The Dutchman was due to give a press conference at lunchtime on Wednesday but that has now been cancelled, with nobody else being put forward to speak ahead of the game at the Emirates Stadium.
Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Curtis Jones were also forced into isolation last month.