May 18, 2022

Liverpool want Carabao semi-final against Arsenal postponed following Covid outbreak

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Liverpool FC wants the Carabao Cup fixture against Arsenal rescheduled following a Covid outbreak in the team.
The team has formally requested the English Football League (EFL) to reschedule its fixture after more players tested Covid 19 positive on Tuesday this week.
This is on top of Roberto Firmino (Striker), Alisson Becker (Goal Keeper) and Joel Matip (Centre back) who are still in isolation.
“We 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 club said on its website.
Though the names of the new staff with Covid are not out, the teams backroom staff was also affected. They include the team Jurgen Klopp and three other members of the staff.
The team was also facing a team selection headache following injuries, and after Sadio Mane, Salah Mohamed and Naby Keita travelled back home for the Africa Cup of nations.
As a result, the club has halted preparations at the AXA Training Centre, meaning Tuesday’s first-team training session was also cancelled.
Among the considerations, which led to the 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,” the club said.
“Liverpool FC will offer a further update on the application process, as well as the resumption of training, in due course.”

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