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After a request by Liverpool for the Carabao Cup semi-final match against Arsenal to be postponed got approved last week.

Following a mounting Covid-19 outbreak within their squad, the Gunners travel to Anfield for the rescheduled first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final this Thursday

However, Klopp has subsequently admitted that many of the concerns were “false positives,” causing widespread outrage.

we’ve had a lot of false positives issue according to the result,” he explained, “but the rules are what they should be, so all these false alarms that was why couldn’t participate.”

On Saturday afternoon, Liverpool did play, and won, against Shrewsbury Town, despite Klopp putting his faith in a percentage of young players at Anfield.

Let’s look at the numbers of expected absentee in the LIVERPOOL squad ahead of the game on Thursday.

Harvey Elliott

Elliott has been out of action since suffering a nasty ankle injury facing Leeds United in september.

The youngster is expected to go missing once more on Thursday, but Klopp indicated in late November that he is making fantastic progress.

He stated, ” “He’s sprinting outside with his whole body weight — that’s a positive sign, everything’s OK I have no idea when he will be back. He’s a long-term prospect, so every day we can bring him back early is fantastic, but we’re not going to rush it.”

Harvey Elliott is close to returning to Liverpool, but he should miss the Reds’ match against Arsenal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold Trent Alexander-Arnold was among the Liverpool camp’s true positive Covid cases.

The Reds announced before their weekend meeting against Shrewsbury that the England international has just tested positive for the virus, which means he will miss the Carabao Cup Semi-final against the Gunners on Thursday.

Thiago Alcantara 

Thiago has missed Liverpool’s last few games due to a hip injury and he’s expected to miss this week’s meeting at Anfield.

Klopp stated over the weekend: “He didn’t train this week, but we expect him to return to rehab work starting tomorrow, and then we’ll see what happens. It’s not that he’ll be out till the end of the season; far from it.”

Origi, Divock

Since last month’s Champions League victory over AC Milan, Origi has been out with an injury.

With Liverpool’s attacking options limited, there is no set timeframe for when the Striker will return.

Phillips, Nat

Phillips, like Origi, has been out since that victory in Milan. In Liverpool’s triumph in Italy, the defender shattered his cheekbone.

” Nat has to be careful and make sure at the point when he is permitted (to be able to train completely), when the bone get healed, he will be in good physical shape, so that’s a great news,” Klopp said after that game last month December.

“I’m not sure how long it will take exactly It was like four or five weeks ago . We’ll have to wait and see.”

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Eight Liverpool players set to miss Arsenal Clash

Absentees from the Africa Cup of Nations
The following three Liverpool players are currently competing at the Africa Cup of Nations for their respective countries.

Mohamed Salah is with(Egypt) in the AFCON

Sadio Mane is with (Senegal) in the AFCON

Naby Keita is with (Guinea) in the AFCON

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