EFL reach decision on Liverpool COVID-19 investigation amid “false positive” controversy

EFL reach decision on Liverpool COVID-19 investigation amid “false positive” controversy

Arsenal’s home leg with Liverpool rescheduled

Arsenal fans were up in arms as a reported COVID outbreak forced Liverpool to reschedule the first leg of their Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal.

And, after the FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury went ahead three days later, Jurgen Klopp revealed that in actual fact there were a wide load of “false positives” and only one true positive case in the Liverpool camp, that of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

And for some, this seemed far too convenient to be true, including at some top clubs.

EFL to take no action

Rumours began flying on Monday afternoon that there would be potential consequences for Liverpool, with The Athletic reporting that:

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.

Much to the dismay of Arsenal and rival clubs, however, this may not materialise.

As per Dan Kilpatrick of the London Evening Standard:

“The EFL is satisfied that Liverpool had legitimate grounds for a delay at the time of their appeal and provided all the necessary evidence, so will resist any calls to examine the circumstances of the outbreak”

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
5 West Ham United 20 10 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
12 Brentford FC 19 -3 23
13 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
14 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6

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