LIVERPOOL ARE in talks with the EFL with Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal in growing danger of being called off due to a new Covid attack at Anfield.
Training scheduled for 4pm on Tuesday was cancelled amid reports that as many as 14 new cases had emerged within the club.
Liverpool’s Carabao Cup game with Arsenal is in danger of being called offCredit: Reuters
Should the Football League ruling body decide to postpone the semi with the Gunners then it is almost certain that Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie with Shrewsbury will also be postponed.
Boss Jurgen Klopp missed Sunday’s thrilling 2 – 2 Prem clash at Stamford Bridge after testing positive.
Joining him were Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino.
Before Christmas Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones were also forced out by the virus.
Klopp, still conducting operations while isolating and who had only mild symptoms, was already facing major selection problems for the meeting with Mikel Arteta’s men.
Mo Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane have joined their respective countries on AFCON duty.
Thiago Alcantara, meanwhile, is suffering from a troublesome thing injury.
Alisson, Matip and Firmino would automatically be unavailable for the Arsenal game having missed the Chelsea clash with Covid.
Liverpool had believed they had fared better than most clubs in keeping down the number of positive cases within the Kop camp.
But Klopp also admitted that each day is ‘like a lottery’ as players and staff await the outcome of Covid tests befoe being allowed into the club’s Kirkby training complex.
Now several more players plus a number of coaches and staff are understood to be isolating.
Gunners gaffer Mikel Arteta was absent from his side’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on New Year’s Day, but he will be back in the dugout on Thursday.
Though the fixture will come too soon for Klopp, with the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager still in isolation.
A Carabao Cup game can be postponed if clubs are unable to submit a team consisting of 13 outfield players and one shot-stopper.
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As is stands, Liverpool‘s training ground in Kirkby remains opens despite the players and staff affected by the deadly bug.
With Klopp to miss out, his Dutch number two Pep Lijnders will take charge once again.
Liverpool had one game postponed over the festive period, though their Boxing Day clash against Leeds was scrapped due to an outbreak in the Whites’ camp.