Liverpool face investigation as Klopp’s false positive comments could result in ‘severe punishment’


Arsenal boost? Liverpool face investigation as Klopp’s false positive comments could result in ‘severe punishment’

 

The transparency offered up by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp regarding a recent Covid-19 ‘outbreak’ at the club could culminate in his side being heavily punished by the Football League.

‘False’ outbreak

The subject of Covid-19 has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines at Anfield over the course of the last week.

This comes after Liverpool’s scheduled Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg meeting with Premier League rivals Arsenal was postponed, owing to an alleged outbreak in the club’s camp.

Speaking to the media ahead of his side’s FA Cup meeting with Shrewsbury on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp was therefore unsurprisingly drawn on the latest on his squad’s wellbeing.

And the German went on to reveal that, in fact, only one member of the Reds’ playing staff, in the form of Trent Alexander-Arnold, had since been identified as a true positive case.

This came with all of the other Covid cases originally reported by the club having turned out to be ‘false positives’:

Punishment on the cards?

As alluded to above, though, Klopp’s transparency in providing an insight into the situation on Merseyside could yet prove altogether costly when it comes to his side’s hopes of Carabao Cup glory.

This comes amid confirmation on the part of reliable outlet The Athletic that Liverpool are under very real threat of an investigation being opened into the Covid situation at the club.

It is understood that complaints have been lodged on the part of a number of EFL clubs, who have demanded clarification regarding Klopp’s false positive claims, after seeing their own requests to have fixtures rescheduled knocked back:

‘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.’

Arsenal boost? Liverpool face investigation as Klopp’s false positive comments could result in ‘severe punishment’

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Fans of Liverpool show their support during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield on December 22, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Significantly, it is added that, if Liverpool are found guilty of having had their meeting with Arsenal postponed without ‘just cause’, they could be in line for a ‘severe punishment’.

Though it is not hinted at in The Athletic’s report, the possibility cannot be ruled out that Klopp and co. would be forced to forfeit their Carabao Cup tie (or at least the first-leg), if found to have knowingly deceived the EFL.

 

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# 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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