Arsenal and Liverpool Carabao Cup semifinals postponed due to wide spreading covid-19 as new dates set

The EFL have granted Liverpool’s request to postpone the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final with Arsenal on Thursday night.

First leg will now be played at Anfield on Thursday January 13 with the return game at the Emirates Stadium now on Thursday January 20.

It means Jurgen Klopp’s side lose home advantage for the second match.

Several Liverpool players, their manager Klopp and his assistant Pep Lijnders have been struck down by the virus.

Liverpool’s request to postpone the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal has been granted but Jurgen Klopp’s team will lose the advantage of concluding the tie in front of their own fans at Anfield.

The first leg should have been in London, on Thursday January 6, with the second leg on Merseyside a week later but Liverpool have been struck down by a Covid outbreak, with boss Klopp, his assistant Pep Lijnders and several players in isolation after positive tests.

After extensive talks, the EFL agreed to postpone the tie with the first leg will now set for Anfield on Thursday 13 January with the second leg a week later at the Emirates Stadium, on Thursday 20 January.

Liverpool’s announcement

The club’s submission to have the fixture rescheduled has been approved by the EFL due to the increasing number of suspected positive COVID-19 cases among players and staff.

The latest round of testing on Tuesday returned a significant number of positives, including Pepijn Lijnders, who was due to take charge of the Reds at Emirates Stadium.

The outbreak has left Liverpool without a sufficient number of players and staff to fulfil the contest as originally scheduled.

As a result, the first leg of the last-four encounter will now be played at Anfield on Thursday January 13, kick-off 7.45pm GMT. The return will take place at Emirates Stadium on Thursday January 20, also getting under way at 7.45pm.

Tickets purchased for this match will remain valid for the new fixture date. The club will email all supporters who have purchased a ticket with details on refunds for those unable to attend the rescheduled date. Please don’t contact ticketing or fan services on this matter.

Liverpool Football Club would like to place on record its thanks to the EFL and Arsenal for their understanding, as well as supporters of both clubs, as we continue to navigate through this challenging period.

 

 

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