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Liverpool Reports Multiple Covid-19 Positive Cases

Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders is the latest member of staff to test positive for coronavirus as the club seeks to postpone their Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Arsenal. Lijnders’ suspected positive test follows “many” suspected cases that saw Tuesday training cancelled.

Liverpool Appeal for Postponement of their Game

The decision on whether the game is postponed is “still pending”. Pep Lijnders took charge for Sunday’s Premier League game with Chelsea that ended 2-2 as the head coach Jurgen Klopp was already isolating. Liverpool top players are also affected, with the likes of Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino all isolating after presenting a positive test result. 

Liverpool Reports Multiple Covid-19 Positive Cases

Liverpool – further stretched by the departure of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita for the Africa Cup of Nations cancelled a news conference due to be led by Lijnders on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Reds applied for the postponement, issuing a statement saying the club wanted to give “as much notice as possible” to travelling fans for Thursday’s 19:45 GMT kick-off.

In a new statement on Wednesday, the club said: “As a result of the outbreak and the suspension of preparations, as well as other illnesses and injuries recorded within the squad, the club submitted an application to the EFL for the postponement of Thursday’s tie with Arsenal, with the news of Lijnders’ positive result coming after the request was lodged.”

The “statement also said The outcome of this application is still pending.” Liverpool is due to host Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday (14:00) before the second leg against Arsenal at home on 13 January.

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