Liverpool fear Arsenal postponement and fixture issues as Covid outbreak worsens

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Liverpool fear their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal will be postponed following a recent outbreak of Covid-19 in the camp.

The Reds confirmed last week goalkeeper Alisson, defender Joel Matip and striker Roberto Firmino returned suspected positive tests and they sat out Sunday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea, while manager Jurgen Klopp and other backroom staff tested positive for the virus and also missed the trip to Stamford Bridge.

A number of further cases have since been reported, with a training session cancelled on Tuesday, and Thursday's semi-final first leg is now in serious doubt.

The club's Kirkby training base remains open though, and it remains to be seen if the EFL will grant a postponement.

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There have been some discussions with the EFL about the game but no formal request for a postponement as of yet.

In a separate blow, Liverpool are also now without Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita as they've jetted off to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Thiago Alcantara and Taki Minamino are also out injured, along with long-term absentee Harvey Elliott.

The Reds face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday and are then due to host League One side Shrewsbury in the FA Cup third round at Anfield on Sunday.

A postponement of either would cause significant scheduling issues.

Chelsea face Tottenham in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday with both second legs due to be played next week.

But any delay could leave a fixture headache for the Premier League, EFL, Liverpool and Arsenal to sort.

Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold insists the Reds can’t wave the white flag in the Premier League title race just yet.

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He urged his side to ensure they’re ready to strike should runaway leaders Manchester City stumble.

Liverpool trail Pep Guardiola’s men by 11 points but do have a game in hand over the reigning champions. But City have looked in unbeatable form lately with just two defeats and two draws from 21 games this season.

Alexander-Arnold said: “There’s not really much we can do except try to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season.

“We are just past the halfway point so a lot can happen between now and May.

“We make sure we focus on ourselves, make sure we stay as close to them as we can, but it will be difficult and we need teams to beat them for us.

“But it’s about us making sure we are in a position to capitalise if they do drop points.”

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  • Coronavirus
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