Arsenal vs Liverpool won’t happen on Thursday as the EFL granted the Reds’ postponement request. Here are the 10 confirmed absences that saw the game called off.
It’s official – Liverpool won’t face Arsenal on Thursday. The Reds made a formal request to the EFL on Tuesday to see that match postponed after supposedly suffering several more positive Covid-19 cases.
Now, Liverpool haven’t revealed who those players are. What we do know, however, is that they already had at least 10 players confirmed as absent for the fixture. Let’s have a look at who those players are.
Liverpool vs Arsenal is off
We’ll start with three obvious ones – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita. All three of them are now at the Africa Cup of Nations and Liverpool likely won’t see them again before February.
So that’s three players down. Then comes the injuries and per the Daily Mail, there are four of them. Thiago, Harvey Elliott, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi all have issues and wouldn’t be back in time for this game.
Alisson Becker, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino are all in isolation, of course, to round off the list. Liverpool confirmed their positive Covid-19 tests ahead of the Chelsea game last weekend.
Then there are Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders. Both are now in isolation after returning positive tests – more hardship for Liverpool and another key reason this game has been called off for now.
So that’s 10 players, two coaches and more positive results that Liverpool are yet to confirm. The Reds’ squad was incredibly short for Thursday.
EFL Cup rules state that a game can be postponed as long as it takes place before the next round. The next round would be the final, of course, which is scheduled for February 27th. That makes it easier to postpone this one, then – something a lot of people don’t seem to realise.