Liverpool’s Covid19 Cases Explained, Fans Accuse Anfield Club of Cheating Ahead of Arsenal Clash

Liverpool’s Covid19 Cases Explained, Fans Accuse Anfield Club of Cheating Ahead of Arsenal Clash

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Liverpool have been accused of cheating by many after a report into their positive Covid19 cases was conducted
  • The Anfield club requested a postponement for their game against Arsenal after 13 players returned positive Covid19 tests
  • Fans believe that Liverpool asked for the game to be postponed even though they knew the positive cases were false

Liverpool gets ready for their clash against Arsenal in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup with Covid19 still dominating the headlines between the two clubs.

The first leg between the two clubs was originally postponed after Liverpool had numerous players test positive for Covid19 and therefore could not field a team against the Gunners.

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Liverpool go into the clash against Arsenal at the centre of cheating claims due to their Covid19 cases. Image: Andrew Powell
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A new report into the matter by The Athletic though highlights that the case may not be as simple as that.

The report found that a majority of Liverpool's players returned negative Covid19 tests ahead of their clash against Arsenal in the first leg. With some players having tested positive, the club ordered more tests to be done before the game.

The results were not made available as yet and so the club asked for the matter to be postponed, which it was.

When the results did arrive, 13 players were positive, forcing the club to close their training ground and ordering their players into isolation.

It was then revealed that the tests themselves were faulty and the Liverpool players tested negative during the next round of testing.

The club though failed to make public the fact that the positive test results were actually false, which has since left many questioning their true intentions.

Arsenal were also at the centre of a Covid19 storm recently when they requested that their game against Tottenham Hotspur be postponed due to a lack of available players. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta lashed out at fans who accused his club of bending the rules at that stage, The Mirror reported.

The fans though have their full focus on Liverpool since the release of the report.


"Blatant cheating there. No reason for them to seek second opinion of negative results unless they wanted a different outcome."


"And this FA still think @LFC deserves to be in the competition after mocking the rule?! I mean c’mon, that’s just wrong."


"Regardless of tonight’s outcome surely they have to be punished. If this was a small EFL club they would either be kicked out of this years cup or banned from next seasons"

Mikel Arteta Sends Message to Thomas Partey After Ghana's Exit from AFCON

In other English Premier League related news, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has fired a strong message to Thomas Partey ahead of the Ghanaian’s return to London from the Africa Cup of Nations, Sports Brief reported.

Partey and his Ghanaian teammates will have to report back to club duty early after falling to an early exit from the continental competition. The 3-2 defeat to Comoros summed up what has been a wretched campaign for the Black Stars in the delayed tournament, as they only managed a solitary point from their group.

They suffered defeat to Morocco in their first group game on January 10 and that was followed up by a lowly draw against Gabon. With the group games done, Ghana finished bottom of their group, with Morocco and Gabon securing their tickets to the last 16 of the competition.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.