Liverpool have officially confirmed that they have requested their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Arsenal is postponed.
The Reds were already battling with various COVID-19 and injury issues prior to their visit to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea over the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp was absent from the touchline as he, along with a number of his first-team players, was forced into self-isolation.
Unfortunately, it appears as though Liverpool have been unsuccessful in getting the outbreak under control. They confirmed on Tuesday evening via a statement that they had sent a request to the EFL for the game to be postponed until a later date.
We can confirm an application has been submitted for the postponement of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, first-leg tie with Arsenal due to an escalating number of suspected positive COVID-19 cases and player availability.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 4, 2022
There is no obvious slot for the game to be rescheduled to between now and the date of the Carabao Cup final, so it remains to be seen what sort of stance the EFL will take over potential semi-final postponements.
Of course, nobody wants to see the winner of this stage of the tournament determined by a forfeit, but Liverpool already have midweek commitments on the horizon and there is also an international break to contend with.
Liverpool mentioned in their statement that they hope to give both sets of supporters as much notice as possible, should the game be postponed, so we would expect an answer from the EFL soon.