Liverpool has asked for the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Thursday to be postponed amid another Covid outbreak. Though they did not need to close their Kirkby training base fully on Tuesday, there was enough worry among players and staff about the possibility of fresh Covid cases that they canceled a scheduled 4pm practice.
Jurgen Klopp, along with three other members of staff and important players Joel Matip, Roberto Firmino, and goalkeeper Alisson, is being isolated after testing positive at the weekend. They all missed Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea and will be unavailable to face Arsenal.
There was speculation on Tuesday that new Covid cases accounted for all of Liverpool’s other goalkeepers, a group that includes Caoimhin Kelleher, Adrian, Vitezslav Jaros, Marcelo Pitaluga and forgotten man Loris Karius.
The club would not comment on the identity of the new cases but if they were left without a goalkeeper, there would be no way the game could be staged in 24 hours. It would also cast doubts on Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Shrewsbury.
With the situation around testing being so unpredictable — Klopp said last week it feels like a lottery each day when players arrive at the training ground — more positive results would leave the EFL with no option but to postpone.
Source: Daily Mail