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Liverpool coach tests positive for COVID 19 ahead of Arsenal clash

Liverpool’s problems have increased after assistant manager Pep Lijnders tested positive for COVID-19.

The Dutch coach was due to hold a pre-match press conference at 11am today but it’s been cancelled by the club as they await the EFL’s decision over their request to postpone Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Lijnders, who has been in interim charge while boss Jurgen Klopp is isolating due to COVID-19, received the positive test result on Tuesday evening. He will now also have to isolate for a week.

Liverpool made their submission to the EFL on Tuesday requesting the postponement of the Arsenal fixture on the grounds of player availability and an escalating COVID-19 outbreak.

They were already without 11 senior players for a variety of reasons before the squad was further decimated by positive tests, leading to Tuesday’s training session being cancelled.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the EFL said Liverpool’s request was being considered. “We will look to confirm the league’s position as soon as possible once the circumstances have been fully reviewed,” it read.

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