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Liverpool vs Arsenal Carabao Cup game could be called off due to COVID-19 outbreak

A few days ago Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp tested positive for the virus, news that was released by the club on its social networks. 

Liverpool has requested a postponement of their match against Arsenal.
Liverpool has requested a postponement of their match against Arsenal.

The drama does not end with the pandemic in the Premier League and today it was revealed that the Liverpool vs Arsenal Carabao Cup game could be called off due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Reds team

It was even revealed a few days ago that Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager will not attend the game because he was tested a few days ago and tested positive for the virus

Due to this situation, Liverpool has requested a postponement of their match against Arsenal, a match that would have been played for a place in the final of the Carabao Cup. 

So far, three-team players and several staff members are known to be infected, but the institution has declined to reveal their identities. 

And it has not done so because the diagnoses were made with rapid tests, and still need to be confirmed with PCR tests. 

What Liverpool's request to reschedule the match says

The team is asking for the match to be postponed, but due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Premier League teams, this match and others will likely be suspended as a precautionary measure

Through a statement released on their social media accounts, the Reds made it known that they have already asked the organizers of the Carabao Cup to postpone the first leg

In their request to the English Football League, the team asked for the postponement because after conducting COVID tests on players and staff, they realized that there are several suspected cases of being infected

The team also announced the suspension of activities and training at the AXA Training Centre, they reported that they made the request known so that the fans who were going to travel to support them can take into account that the match can be suspended and be held on another date.

The club's main concern is that the situation does not lead to further contagion, and it made that clear in its application:

"With no prospect of the current situation improving ahead of Thursday’s fixture and the potential for it to worsen, the club considers it both prudent and reasonable to ask for the fixture to be rescheduled".

"Liverpool FC will offer a further update on the application process, as well as the resumption of training, in due course".

Klopp's statements, which were like prophecies

A few days ago it was confirmed that Jürgen Klopp was infected with the virus, so his assistant Pepijn Lijnders would be responsible for managing the team against Chelsea. 

What is striking is that just before it became known that he was also infected, the coach had expressed that the situation was not good for the club at the time

Klopp's words were:

"So far, we have three new cases of COVID-19 in the team and more in the staff. The situation is not good at the moment. 

“More and more tests are being done more often and, as I said before, this feels like a lottery. In the morning you stand there and just wait for the result. Practically, every day there is one more new person infected," the strategist concluded. 

If things go the way they are going, more Premier League and Carabao Cup matches could be at risk due to this recent outbreak. 

Wilian Estrella

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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