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Arsenal vs Liverpool Carabao Cup semi-final clash postponed over Covid-19 outbreak

First leg of semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool has been postponed because to increased cases of Covid-19.

Liverpool requested a reschedule of their match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening through the English Football League. Also stated on Wednesday morning, the club has stopped their training facility to prevent the spread of sickness.

“The first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool scheduled for Thursday 6 January 2022 has been postponed following a formal request by Liverpool due to a severe outbreak of COVID infections amongst their management and playing staff,” an EFL statement read.

“The EFL has been in regular dialogue with the Club 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.

“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.

“As a result of the postponement the order of the ties has now changed with the first of the two-legs to take place at Anfield on 13 January 2022 at 7.45pm. The rearranged game (now the 2nd leg) is scheduled to be played at the Emirates on 20 January 2022 at 7.45pm. “

Manager Jurgen Klopp and assistant Pep Lijnders, as well as Alisson, Roberto Firmino, and Joel Matip, are all in isolation following positive tests for Covid-19. The team has yet to confirm whether or not any other players have tested positive.

There are injuries to all of Thiago’s teammates: Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Nathaniel Phillips and Harvey Elliott; and there are departures for the African Cup of Nations for Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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