Arsenal vs Liverpool in further doubt as Klopp's No2 Lijnders tests positive for Covid and press conference is axed

LIVERPOOL’S preparation for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Arsenal has plunged into further turmoil as Pep Lijnders tested positive for Covid.

With Jurgen Klopp isolating for the game, his number two was set to take charge for the clash on Thursday.

However, Lijnders discovered the rest of his latest test last night.

And the pre-match press conference that the Dutchman was due to given this lunchtime has now been cancelled.

Nobody else has been put forward to speak ahead of the game at the Emirates Stadium.

With both Klopp and his assistant now forced into isolation, further questions will be raised on whether the game will go ahead as planned.

But if the EFL do decide that it must be played as planned, it remains to be seen who the Reds will ask to fill in for their boss and Lijnders.

Another assistant Peter Kraweitz or Vitor Matos, the elite development coach, are all in Klopp’s trusted inner circle along with head of fitness Andreas Kornmayer.

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Meanwhile Barry Lewtas is the club’s Under-23 head coach and could even be asked to make the temporary step up.

More to follow…

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