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Liverpool face investigation into Arsenal delay after Klopp reveals most Covid cases are ‘false positive’

LIVERPOOL may be investigated by the EFL through their series of false positive Covid test results.

Red boss Jurgen Klopp revealed on Sunday that last week’s positive cases, all but one, were false readings.

Klopp confirms only Alexander-Arnold actually turned out to have Covid

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Klopp confirms only Alexander-Arnold actually turned out to have CovidCredit: EPA

Last Thursday Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal postponed after Merseysiders reported “rapidly increasing numbers” of coronavirus cases.

But a number of clubs have expressed confusion over the situation and have complained to the EFL, asking for clarification on when Liverpool realized that the players were indeed free of the virus.

And League bosses are under pressure to open an investigation as several clubs have refused to appeal the postponement despite the Covid outbreak.

A statement from the EFL at the time of the postponement read: “Having now fully considered the circumstances involved, the federation accepted Liverpool’s request after determining, albeit reluctantly, that the postponement was match is the only option as the club wants to further reduce the risk of infection among its team and staff along with ensuring public health is protected by not traveling from Liverpool to London.”

Later, The Athletic understand that Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only Liverpool player who actually contracted the virus – the rest were false positives.

“Last week we had a proper outbreak and it showed that we had a lot of false positives but the rules were the same so all the false positive players,” said Klopp. These are all unplayable.

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

Reds conducted a round of lateral flow testing and PCR testing – both of which returned a positive number of cases.

But the third round of testing later, most of those players tested negative.

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False positives using lateral flow tests are extremely rare as the NHS estimates they have a specificity of 99.97%.

The order of first leg semi-finals has been changed for Liverpool to host Arsenal at Anfield on Thursday before the second leg at the Emirates on January 20.

Liverpool are looking to win League Cup for the first time since 2012, while Arsenal have not lifted the trophy since 1993.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17283490/liverpool-arsenal-postponement-klopp-covid-cases/ Liverpool face investigation into Arsenal delay after Klopp reveals most Covid cases are ‘false positive’

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