The EFL has granted Liverpool’s request to postpone Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal amid an escalating Covid outbreak at the club.
Liverpool submitted the request on Tuesday on the grounds of player availability and a rising number of positive tests among the squad and staff. The assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders, who has been in interim charge of the first team while Jürgen Klopp is in isolation, subsequently tested positive along with more players and staff. The club closed its first-team training facility on Wednesday after consultation with the relevant public health authorities.
The EFL said the postponement was down to “a severe outbreak of Covid infections amongst their management and playing staff”. The first leg of the tie will be played at Anfield next Thursday, when the second leg was due to take place, and the return the following Thursday.
“The EFL has been in regular dialogue with the cub over the past 48 hours in an attempt to understand whether the tie could proceed but significant developments over this period have resulted in the club reporting an ever-increasing number of Covid cases,” the league said.
“Having now fully reviewed the circumstances involved, the league has accepted Liverpool’s request after determining, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the club looks to mitigate against the further risk of infection amongst its squad and staff alongside ensuring public health was protected by not travelling from Liverpool to London.”
This article was updated 9 months ago