Liverpool sent Aston Villa a reminder amid Arsenal semi-final postponement plea
Liverpool’s plea for their Carabao Cup semi-final to Arsenal to be postponed due to their Covid-19 outbreak has led to calls for double standards.
The request was submitted after the latest round of testing found more cases in the first-team bubble, days after manager Jurgen Klopp and three players – Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip – were forced to miss Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea after testing positive.
The first leg is due to take place in the Emirates on Thursday.
A club statement said: “The Reds have formally requested the EFL to reschedule the game after other suspected positive tests were recorded among players and staff, coupled with other factors affecting selection, including disease and injury.
“In response, the club halted preparations at the AXA Training Center, which means Tuesday’s first team training session has been called off.
“Among the considerations that led to today’s EFL bid is the need for traveling supporters to be informed as early as possible of any potential postponement.”
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The request is being reviewed by the EFL, who says they will make a decision as soon as possible.
The plea comes almost exactly a year after Aston Villa was forced to field an Under-23 and Under-18 squad against Liverpool in the FA Cup following a Covid outbreak that has excluded the entire first team.
The youngsters at Villa were proud of themselves, losing just 4-1 with Louie Barry scoring a memorable goal.
The current situation has led Villa and Arsenal fans, as well as supporters of other clubs, to wonder why the Reds cannot do the same.
Liverpool faced Villa with a youth side in the League Cup in 2019 when their first team competed in the Club World Championship.
A Villa fan took to Twitter to write: ‘Liverpool are requesting the cancellation of their cup match against Arsenal due to a drive in the Covid cases. I mean playing with their youth team, Villa had to be the FA Cup. Will it happen. Probably not as they are in the top 6 teams and injustice does not apply. UTV.
An Arsenal fan said: “Remember when Aston Villa also had to play last season against Liverpool.”
Another Gunners fan added: “Last season Aston Villa had an outbreak in the first team with cases of covid and had to play youngsters against Liverpool.”
Another fan said: ‘Wait, relax, isn’t this the same Liverpool side that faced the Aston Villa children in a cup game a few years ago, 1 or 2? “
Meanwhile, an Everton fan weighed in: “The same Liverpool who played against Villa U10s? It’s laughable that their stars are leaving and suddenly they can’t play anymore. There has to be some evidence and show that they can’t field a team or it will surely move forward. “
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