Liverpool vs Leeds off
Liverpool’s boxing day clash with Leeds United has been postponed due to COVID-19 cases in the Leeds camp meaning that they cannot field a side.
📰 #LUFC are disappointed to confirm that our Boxing Day fixture with Liverpool has been postponed following new COVID cases
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 23, 2021
A club statement read:
We are disappointed to confirm that our Boxing Day fixture with Liverpool has been postponed following five new positive COVID cases within the first-team squad and staff. All of the cases we have experienced are asymptomatic which we believe is due to our high vaccine take up.
The positive cases, combined with our well documented injury issues, means that we would not have enough recognised first-team players to meet the Premier League requirements for the fixture.
The training ground at Thorp Arch will be closed for a period of two days on the advice of Public Health England.
And, the news has bad knock-on consequences for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp
Robertson misses Chelsea clash
Now, Andy Robertson will be forced to sit out of the clash between the two title hopefuls, by virtue of his red card that he received against Tottenham Hotspur in their 2-2 draw last Sunday.
The postponement of Liverpool v Leeds means Andrew Robertson suspension will now rule him out of Chelsea game on Jan 2.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) December 23, 2021
The Scotsman is serving a three-match ban for the incident, which was supposed to leave him free to play against Thomas Tuchel’s side. However, the postponement means that his suspension now covers the Chelsea clash, leaving Kostas Tsimikas to deputise for him against the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
It comes as a boost for Chelsea, who have a weakened side already through COVID-19 and injury, and could yet give them the edge in the clash between the two sides.