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Arsenal v Liverpool League Cup semi-final first leg postponed due to COVID-19

Liverpool
had requested the EFL on Tuesday to reschedule the game because of the rise in
COVID-19 cases at the club.

The
Merseyside club temporarily closed their training ground on Wednesday due to a
rapidly growing number of suspected COVID-19 infections at the club.

“The
first leg of the Carabao (League) Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool
scheduled for Thursday 6 January 2022 has been postponed following a formal
request by Liverpool due to a severe outbreak of COVID infections amongst their
management and playing staff,” the EFL said in a statement.

“The
EFL has been in regular dialogue with the club over the past 48 hours in an
attempt to understand whether the tie could proceed but significant
developments over this period have resulted in the Club reporting an
ever-increasing number of COVID cases.”

As a
result of the postponement, the order of the ties has been changed with the
first of the two legs now taking place at Anfield on Jan 13, while the
rearranged game will be played as the second leg at the Emirates on Jan 20.

Liverpool
players Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip returned positive tests
on Sunday, while manager Juergen Klopp tested positive at the weekend.

Virgil
van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Curtis Jones were also forced into
isolation last month following positive tests.

The
United Kingdom reported 218,724 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a new record for
the number of cases reported on a single day in Britain.

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