Liverpool request to postpone Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal

Liverpool have requested for their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal on Thursday to be postponed due to rising Covid cases.

Liverpool have been dealing with a Covid outbreak at the club which saw manager Jurgen Klopp and three players test positive last week.

Klopp, goalkeeper Alisson, defender Joel Matip and forward Roberto Firmino all missed Sunday’s match against Chelsea after returning positive tests.

In all, Liverpool were without nine players for the trip to Stamford Bridge due to positive cases, injuries and suspensions.

The Reds’ squad has been further stretched this week by the departure of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, who will be representing their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Liverpool have lodged their case with the EFL after an afternoon training session on Tuesday was reportedly cancelled following more positive tests at the club.

The EFL confirmed last month that clubs will be expected to fulfil their fixtures as long as they have 14 players, including one goalkeeper, available from their registered list of players.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were without Mikel Arteta in the dugout for their defeat to Manchester City after the Spaniard tested positive for Covid for the second time.

He has now been cleared to return for his side’s semi-final first-leg tie against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

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