Liverpool vs Arsenal EFL Cup game has been delayed as the Reds are forced to shut down all the activities at their training centre.
Liverpool’s EFL Cup semi-final fixture against Arsenal on January 13 has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at Anfield.
The Reds were missing Jurgen Klopp in their draw against Chelsea over the weekend due to a positive test. And assistant coach Pep Lijnders took control of the game, but, has now tested positive for the virus.
As a result of several Covid cases in the squad, the semifinal first leg has been adjourned. In addition, Liverpool’s training ground activities have also been stopped as a preventive measure to avoid further spread.
On Tuesday, Liverpool formally requested to postpone their clash against Arsenal in an official statement.
It read: “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.”