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Liverpool ‘fear’ being unable to play Carabao Cup tie due to Covid-19 cases

Liverpool are concerned that a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad may prevent them from playing Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday night.

As many as 11 first-team players could miss the game due to a slew of injuries and Africa Cup of Nations absences, as well as known positive Covid-19 cases. Manager Jurgen Klopp is also already isolating after testing positive last week.

Alisson, Joel Matip, and Roberto Firmino are all being monitored separately; it is not clear if the squad has gotten any other positive cases. Thiago, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Nathaniel Phillips, and Harvey Elliott, meanwhile, are all ruled out with various injuries. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita have been called up to the Cameroon AFCON tournament.

The only silver lining for Liverpool is that Andrew Robertson has now completed his three-match suspension after Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

Even though Liverpool’s training ground has remained open, they still ‘fear’ that they will not be able to play at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

By rule, a match can be postponed if a team fails to provide an official squad list that includes at least 13 outfield players and a goalie.

Liverpool famously fielded a reserve team in a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Aston Villa in 2019 because the first-team was simultaneously playing in the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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