Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Thursday was postponed after EFL accepted a request from the Merseyside club following further Covid cases in their squad.
A first request was made on Tuesday afternoon after the final test round found more cases within the first team bubble, days after manager Jurgen Klopp and three players – Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip – are were forced to miss the 2-2 on Sunday. draw at Chelsea after testing positive.
An EFL statement on Wednesday confirmed that Arsenal will play Liverpool in two weeks, with the match now being treated as the return semi-final.
- New date for the first leg: Thursday 13 January – Liverpool vs Arsenal – kick-off 7.45pm
- New return date: Thursday 20 January – Arsenal vs Liverpool – 19:45 kick-off
“The EFL has been in regular dialogue with the club over the past 48 hours in an effort to understand if the draw could continue, but significant developments during this period have led the club to report an ever-increasing number of COVID cases,” a read statement. .
“Having now fully examined the circumstances in question, the League has accepted Liverpool’s request after establishing, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the club seeks to mitigate the further risk of infection between the club. his team and staff as well as ensuring public health, protected from not traveling from Liverpool to London.
“Following the postponement, the order of the matches has now changed with the first of the two games taking place at Anfield on January 13, 2022 at 7.45pm. The reorganized match (return time) is scheduled for in the Emirates on 20 January 2022 at 7:45 pm. “
Liverpool released a statement stating: “Tuesday’s final round of testing returned a significant number of positives, including Pepijn Lijnders, who should have taken the lead of the Reds at Emirates Stadium.
“The outbreak has left Liverpool without enough players and staff to meet the competition as originally planned.
“Liverpool Football Club would like to record its thanks to the EFL and Arsenal for their understanding, as well as to the supporters of both clubs, as we continue to navigate these difficult times.”
Liverpool were without a total of nine players for the match at Chelsea due to illness and injury, and subsequently lost Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Earlier Wednesday, assistant manager Lijnders, who is expected to lead the team in Klopp’s absence, also began self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. Liverpool closed the training ground late in the morning.
Confirmation of the postponement will also raise a question about Sunday’s FA Cup third round game at home against Shrewsbury.
The next matches of Liverpool
January 9: Shrewsbury (H) – FA Cup third round
January 13: Arsenal (H) – Carabao Cup
January 16: Brentford (H) – Premier League
20 th January: Arsenal (A) – Carabao Cup
January 23: Crystal Palace (A) – Premier League, live on Sky Sports
Which Premier League matches have been canceled?
Brighton-Tottenham – Sunday 12 December
Brentford vs Man Utd – Tuesday, December 14th
Burnley v Watford – Wednesday 15 December
Leicester vs Tottenham – Thursday 16 December
Man Utd vs Brighton – Saturday 18 December
Southampton vs Brentford – Saturday 18 December
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Saturday 18 December
West Ham vs Norwich – Saturday 18 December
Aston Villa vs Burnley – Saturday 18 December
Everton-Leicester – Sunday 19 December
Liverpool-Leeds – Sunday 26 December
Wolves versus Watford – Sunday 26 December
Burnley-Everton – Sunday 26 December
Leeds-Aston Villa – Tuesday December 28th
Arsenal vs Lupi – Tuesday December 28th
Everton vs Newcastle – Thursday 30 December
Southampton-Newcastle – Sunday 2 January
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