Carabao Cup Requested To Be Postponed By Liverpool

Carabao Cup

Jurgen Klopp’s team has been dealing with a coronavirus epidemic and had to cancel practice on Tuesday afternoon. They have now formally requested that the EFL postpone this week’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal. Liverpool has formally asked that their Carabao Cup semi-final match against Arsenal be postponed because of a new Covid outbreak within the club.

As additional members of Jurgen Klopp’s team submitted a suspected positive test. The talks between Anfield authorities and the EFL to postpone the Carabao Cup proceeded throughout the day and into Tuesday evening.

After the third separate outbreak at the club, members of Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff who were not hit by Covid-19 agreed to cancel training in the afternoon. The usual daily testing performed before players and staff are permitted to enter the Kirkby facility revealed suspected cases, and while the training area was not entirely locked down, the club took the precaution of canceling the afternoon session.

Carabao Cup May Be Postponed Due To Covid

The EFL acknowledged that a conversation was taking place, and Liverpool opted to file a formal request for the Carabao Cup postponement once it became evident that they would not be able to field a team.

Liverpool had nine players ruled out of their weekend match against Chelsea due to Covid isolations, suspension, and injury. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita have all left for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Andy Robertson has returned from suspension, but it is believed that the isolated players – Roberto Firmino, Alisson, and Joel Matip – will not be permitted to play on Thursday.

Klopp is also expected to be away, as are three of his backroom staff, as he continues his isolation period, and any additional Covid-related absences would leave the Reds on the verge of being unable to field a team. Liverpool will now undertake continuous tests on the rest of their team to limit the outbreak and avoid additional infection, but the Carabao Cup postponement could also put Sunday’s FA Cup fixture against Shrewsbury in jeopardy, though Firmino, Matip, and Alisson might all be cleared to play by then.