Boxing Day decision delivers Liverpool a blow vs Chelsea


Boxing Day decision delivers Liverpool a blow vs Chelsea

Liverpool vs Leeds will no longer happen on Boxing day and that carries a problem into the Chelsea game. It’s one the Reds might be able to cover, though.

Liverpool confirmed on Thursday that the game vs Leeds United will not happen. Their opponents have too many positive Covid-19 cases, making the match unplayable.

It’s a real shame, of course. Boxing Day football is one of the best traditions going but we’ll be waiting until 2022 to have it at Liverpool. Let alone the fact that Liverpool vs Leeds is usually a fantastic game – we’ll just need to be patient.

Now, this does carry positives. Liverpool play Leicester City again on Tuesday, so at least there will be proper rest between now and then. That’s something people have called for and while this isn’t the way they wanted it, it is a positive.

But there’s also an unwanted effect here that comes into play in Chelsea vs Liverpool next month.

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Because of the postponement, Andy Robertson will miss the Chelsea game. He received a three-match ban for violent conduct for his red card against Tottenham Hotspur, the first of which played out last night.

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Games against Leeds and Leicester would have seen the Scot return to face Chelsea. Instead, that fixture will be the final one of his suspension.

And that’s certainly a big loss. Robertson is the world’s best left-back and playing wonderfully right now. His performance against Spurs was magnificent – up until the red, at least.

It means Liverpool will rely on Tsimikas against Chelsea, which is hardly the worst thing in the world. The Greek has established himself as a fine player this season and a top left-back. While Jurgen Klopp and co. would rather have Robertson, Tsimikas should keep the team strong.

But it’s undeniably a blow here.

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