Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final - which was due to take place last Thursday (06.01.22) - was postponed after the EFL approved their submission to delay the match due to the increasing number of football players and staff testing positive for COVID-19
The latest round of tests, that took place on Tuesday (04.02.22), revealed that several players and Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders - who was due to take charge of the reds at Emirates Stadium - were all infected with the coronavirus meaning they had to self-isolate as a result.
The outbreak resulted in them closing the training ground and the game being called off as the Reds did not have a sufficient number of players and staff to be able to go against the Gunners on the field the following night.
The first leg is now set to take place this Thursday (13.01.22) with the second leg taking place seven days later at the Emirates.
However the German football manager had later admitted that defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only player that had actually tested positive as the other results were fake.
Klopp, who had to isolate himself after a suspected positive test, said: “We had last week a proper outbreak and it showed up that we had a lot of false positives but the rules are like they are so all these players who are false positives couldn't play.
“The only real positive came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and all the rest were false positives.”
The coach returned to the dugout as Liverpool progress in the FA Cup by beating Shrewsbury on Sunday (09.01.22).