Home Sports EFL under pressure to investigate Liverpool postponement after Klopp admission – The Athletic

EFL under pressure to investigate Liverpool postponement after Klopp admission – The Athletic

0
EFL under pressure to investigate Liverpool postponement after Klopp admission – The Athletic

By Simon Hughes
10 January 2022 9:01 PM GMT

The EFL is under pressure to investigate why Liverpool players who tested positive for COVID-19 before the postponement of their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal were subsequently found to have been negative, with the Anfield club facing questions over the scale of their recent outbreak.

The Athletic understands that the EFL has received complaints from some of its clubs over the postponement, following Jurgen Klopp’s admission that all but one of the club’s positive tests were ‘false positives’ — meaning later tests showed those players did not actually have COVID-19.

It is believed that confused clubs want clarity over exactly when Liverpool found out this information, as if it was before the Arsenal match, there is a chance the fixture could have proceeded as planned.

The upset clubs want the situation investigated because a number of them have requested postponements this season because of COVID-19 outbreaks only for appeals to be rejected.

The EFL is facing calls from clubs to open an investigation into the incident which could lead to Liverpool facing a severe punishment should it be found the club failed to fulfil a fixture without just cause.

The match on January 6 was rescheduled after Liverpool reported a “rapidly growing number” of COVID-19 cases to the EFL, who acted in line with government guidance by postponing the fixture.

The EFL said in a statement at the time: “Having now fully reviewed the circumstances involved, the league has accepted Liverpool’s request after determining, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the club looks to mitigate against the further risk of infection amongst its squad and staff alongside ensuring public health was protected by not travelling from Liverpool to London.”

Klopp has said, however, that later tests showed that only one player, Trent Alexander-Arnold, actually had the virus.

According to sources, Liverpool underwent at least two rounds of testing prior to the postponement.

The first round, involving the use of lateral flow device (LFD) tests, highlighted a number of positive cases.

The second round, involving the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests carried out by an independent laboratory, also highlighted a number of positive cases.

But a third round of tests conducted after the scheduled first leg indicated that the players in question were in fact negative. Liverpool did not comment when asked to confirm this and to explain when the results of the third set of tests were revealed.

‘False positive’ LFD results are considered highly unusual, with analysis by NHS Test and Trace showing LFD tests to have an estimated specificity of at least 99.97 per cent.

The chance of a succession of ‘false positive’ results is therefore considered extremely unlikely.

On Sunday, after the club’s FA Cup victory over League One Shrewsbury Town, Klopp said that Alexander-Arnold was the only player to actually test positive.

“We had last week a proper outbreak and it showed up that we had a lot of false positives but the rules are like they are so all these players who are false positives couldn’t play.

“The only real positive came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and all the rest were false positives.”

It is thought that EFL clubs want to be provided with greater clarity surrounding rules on postponements following Liverpool’s successful appeal to have their Carabao Cup tie with Arsenal pushed back and the questions now being asked about ‘false positives’.

(Photo: Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
James McNicholas
Jan 6
James Pearce
Jan 6
Greater riches may be on offer elsewhere but football is about glory and creating memories. Klopp and his team will be desperate for that
James McNicholas
Jan 10
Arteta is calling for more signings – in public and private – after Arsenal's fringe players fell to shock FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest
Luke Brown and Luke Bosher
Jan 6
Postponements in the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup work differently — here’s how
Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores: NFL is at 'fork in the road' in its hiring practices
Texas lands 5-star offensive lineman Devon Campbell for 2022 class
A’ja Wilson re-signs with Aces for maximum, fully protected 2-year contract: Source
El Salvador playing World Cup qualifying match vs. Canada under protest, cites disrespect from federation officials
Michigan State adds commitment from 4-star DE Andrew Depaepe for 2023 class
LSU lands 5-star linebacker Harold Perkins for 2022 class
Antonio Pierce expected to resign as Arizona State's defensive coordinator: Sources
Alabama signs TE Danny Lewis, whose dancing video with LSU coach Brian Kelly went viral
Trinity Rodman signs record $1.1 million contract with Washington Spirit
James Pearce
Jan 6
Greater riches may be on offer elsewhere but football is about glory and creating memories. Klopp and his team will be desperate for that
James McNicholas
Jan 10
Arteta is calling for more signings – in public and private – after Arsenal's fringe players fell to shock FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest
Luke Brown and Luke Bosher
Jan 6
Postponements in the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup work differently — here’s how
Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores: NFL is at 'fork in the road' in its hiring practices
Texas lands 5-star offensive lineman Devon Campbell for 2022 class
A’ja Wilson re-signs with Aces for maximum, fully protected 2-year contract: Source
El Salvador playing World Cup qualifying match vs. Canada under protest, cites disrespect from federation officials
Michigan State adds commitment from 4-star DE Andrew Depaepe for 2023 class
LSU lands 5-star linebacker Harold Perkins for 2022 class
Antonio Pierce expected to resign as Arizona State's defensive coordinator: Sources
Alabama signs TE Danny Lewis, whose dancing video with LSU coach Brian Kelly went viral
Trinity Rodman signs record $1.1 million contract with Washington Spirit

source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here