EFL clubs demand probe into Liverpool postponement due to Covid outbreak after Jurgen Klopp admitted only Trent Alexander-Arnold actually had coronavirus and the rest were ‘false positives’
- Jurgen Klopp and several players went into isolation after positive tests
- The EFL agreed to postpone Thursday’s tie after the club reported the outbreak
- However, Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only player to actually test positive
The EFL is under pressure to investigate why Liverpool stars who tested positive for Covid before the postponement of their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal were later found to be negative.
The Athletic claims that several EFL clubs want clarity over exactly when Liverpool found out this information, as if it was before the Arsenal match, there is a chance the fixture could have gone ahead as scheduled.
The clubs have called for the EFL to investigate after a number of requests for postponements this season because of Covid outbreaks were rejected.
The EFL agreed to postpone the tie after Liverpool had been struck down by a Covid outbreak, with boss Klopp, his assistant Pep Lijnders and several players in isolation after positive tests.
Liverpool closed their Kirkby training centre on Wednesday and the club said a ‘severe outbreak’ at the club meant they could not field a team against the Gunners the following night.
However. on Sunday Jurgen Klopp revealed that a Covid outbreak that caused the postponement of the tie at Arsenal last Thursday had ‘a lot of false positives’.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was on touchline at Shrewsbury after a false positive result
Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only player to actually test positive.
Anyone with a false positive result was still unavailable for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Shrewsbury.
Klopp named four teenagers in his starting line-up with came from behind to win 4-1.
‘This was the team we could line up with today and the boys did really well,’ said the Reds boss.
Klopp named four teenagers in his starting line-up due to the false positive results
‘We had last week a proper outbreak and it showed up that we had a lot of false positives but the rules are like they are so all these players who are false positives couldn’t play.
‘The only real positive came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and all the rest were false positives.’
After extensive talks, the EFL agreed to postpone the tie but Liverpool had to give up home advantage in the second leg.
The first leg is now set for Anfield on Thursday, January 13 with the second leg seven days later at the Emirates.
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only player to actually test positive