Liverpool shuts training facilities after recording more COVID-19 infections

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool at AXA Training Centre on December 30, 2021 in Kirkby, England (Photo by John Powell / Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, at AXA Training Centre on December 30, 2021 in Kirkby, England. / Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool FC announced on Wednesday that they have temporarily closed the club’s first-team training facilities due to a rapidly growing number of suspected positive COVID-19 cases.

The club confirmed that more positive results were returned following the latest round of testing.

Among the players and staff who tested positive in the latest round was assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders, who filled in for manager Jürgen Klopp in Sunday’s game against Chelsea. Klopp himself is still in isolation after a suspected COVID-19 positive result from tests conducted last week.

“The club has lodged an application with the EFL for the postponement of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, first-leg tie with the Gunners at Emirates Stadium,” a Wednesday statement by Liverpool reads in part. “The outcome of that submission is currently pending.”

Since the start of December, more than 15 Premier League games have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks in clubs.

The outbreaks sparked calls for the top flight to take a break until this month to allow clubs deal with their outbreaks.

The Premier League Board however said it assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance introduced to clubs in light of the new Omicron variant.

The Premier League on Monday reported 94 new positive cases, the first week-by-week decrease in positive results for eight weeks.

In light of the current situation, the league said it has increased the testing of players and club staff.