• First-team area of training ground closed amid Covid outbreak
  • First leg scheduled for next Thursday with return a week later

The EFL has granted Liverpool’s request to postpone Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal amid an escalating Covid outbreak at the club.

Liverpool submitted the request on Tuesday on the grounds of player availability and a rising number of positive tests among the squad and staff. The assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders, who has been in interim charge of the first team while Jürgen Klopp is in isolation, subsequently tested positive along with more players and staff. The club closed its first-team training facility on Wednesday after consultation with the relevant public health authorities.

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