Liverpool submitted their request to postpone their match against Arsenal before even receiving their round of ‘positive’ tests, according to a report.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) greets Liverpool's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara after winning the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on September 20, 2020. (Photo by Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP)
Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) greets Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara after winning the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on September 20, 2020. (Photo by Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP)

The Athletic report that when Liverpool submitted their request to postpone the League Cup semi-final second leg, they didn’t yet know the results from their additional round of testing.

That additional round wasn’t necessary to play the match in the first place, given Liverpool had already received a round of negative lateral flow tests. But they took the additional tests anyway, to make sure.

Whilst that’s an understandable stance, it’s rather bizarre to request a postponement when the only information you have is a round of negative tests.

When the additional tests came back, they came back positive, which was an error. The players didn’t actually have Covid, but something had gone wrong with the independent lab testing.

All the same, it was enough to get the game postponed, as the faulty tests couldn’t be invalidated in time.

When those tests were invalidated, neither Liverpool nor the authorities made that clear publicly. It was only when Jurgen Klopp mistakenly suggested they’d received “false positives” that suspicions were raised.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks during a television interview after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 28, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)
Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks during a television interview after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on September 28, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

All in all, it’s just a bit of a mess. At the time of their request, Liverpool didn’t have any reason to postpone, and in hindsight, Liverpool didn’t have any reason to postpone.

But for the crucial period in between, the faulty tests made it look like they did.

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