London: The English Professional Football League said today, Wednesday, in a statement, that it had decided to postpone the first leg of the League Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool to a later date, in program tomorrow, Thursday, at a later date. to the outbreak of the Corona virus in the ranks of Liverpool. Therefore, the two teams will meet first at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium on 13 January, while the postponed match will be played as a return match at Arsenal on 20 January. And Liverpool had closed the training center for at least 48 hours due to the growing cases of Corona virus infection in the team. Last night, Tuesday, the club announced the transmission of the infection to assistant manager Pep Leanders, who leads the team in absence of coach Jurgen Klopp, in isolation from the beginning of the week. And the British news agency “PA Media” reported today, Wednesday, that this comes after Liverpool submitted a request to the English Football Association to postpone tomorrow’s match against Arsenal in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final. , due to the emergence of new cases of infection in the team, as well as the absence of other players due to injuries and health ailments. Other inconclusive results also appeared in the test conducted last night and Wednesday morning for players and administrators, and yesterday’s training was canceled, and the doctors advised the club to suspend the training ground of the first team. The closure is expected to last at least 48 hours, which adds chaos to the team’s preparations for the Arsenal match. And Liverpool said in a statement released today: “The decision was made after consulting the relevant health authorities.” He added: “The new cases have been added to the cases registered on Monday and Tuesday morning.” And the club continued: “Among the various members of the players and administrators tested positive in the last round of test, there was Pep Leanders, which resulted in the cancellation of the Arsenal match presentation press conference, which was supposed to take place this morning. “Currently subject to isolation, coach Jurgen Klopp and players Alisson Becker, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool are also currently lacking the efforts of Thiago Alcantara, Takumi Minamino, Nat Phillips and Harvey Elliott due to injuries, while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are busy participating in the African Nations Cup, which will begin in Cameroon next Sunday.
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