EFL confirms stance on Liverpool investigation after ‘false positives’ postponement to avoid facing Arsenal

Despite Jurgen Klopp reporting a number of “false positive” Covid tests, the English Football League (EFL) will not investigate the circumstances surrounding the postponement of last week’s Carabao Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Arsenal.

The first leg, which was supposed to take place last Thursday, was canceled when Liverpool requested a postponement from the EFL.

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The Reds claimed that because to a Covid outbreak affecting players and staff, they were unable to field a team, even when youth players were considered.

However, manager Klopp confirmed three days later, on Sunday, that a slew of “false positives” had been recorded.

Klopp stated following Liverpool’s FA Cup win over League One Shrewsbury Town: “Last week, we believed we had a serious outbreak, but it turned out that we had a lot of false positives.

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“Thus, Trent Alexander-Arnold was the team’s single true positive instance, while the rest were false positives.”

According to a story in The Athletic, some clubs have objected to Liverpool’s decision and want an investigation into how the information was acquired.

They are upset that similar requests for postponements due to Covid outbreaks have been denied in recent weeks.

The EFL, on the other hand, has stated that it is satisfied that Liverpool had reasonable causes for a delay at the time of their appeal, that they presented all required information, and that no inquiry will be conducted.

The first leg of the tie was scheduled to take place at the Emirates Stadium last Thursday, but due to the rescheduling, the first match will instead take place at Anfield on Thursday (January 13).

The second leg will take place in London seven days later.

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