Liverpool critics ridiculous, as Jürgen Klopp knows the undeniable Arsenal double truth – nach Welt

As with most things in football, the answer is likely “tribalism”. But the reaction to Liverpool’s recent spate of positive Covid tests that resulted in the closure of their AXA training center has been strange.

Via social media and probably beyond (Reports Tonight now suggests several clubs have asked the EFL to investigate) Liverpool have been charged that Jurgen Klopp’s side could have done more to play their game with Arsenal last week when it was canceled.

Celebrity Twitter accounts with a large fan base have questioned the EFL’s decision to postpone the game for two weeks, suggesting that Liverpool’s motives were one of two things.

First, that they didn’t want to play the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-finals without the presence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. However, the shift does nothing to what should destroy that claim.

Even more absurd is the suggestion that Liverpool wanted to postpone the game because they were scared of Arsenal – the same Arsenal embarrassed by second division Nottingham Forest over the weekend and the same Arsenal they should have played at some point anyway .

Even some of those who didn’t directly criticize Liverpool for having the game canceled have praised the teams that kept playing – Man City, for example, who played something very close to their first team against Swindon Town for doing it so far have not been massively affected by a Covid outbreak.

The Liverpool training ground has been closed for health reasons. When it became clear that some of the most recent tests were false positive and that some of the staff who were positive the week before had since tested negative and had served their isolation time, it reopened without some coaching staff and key men.

The club’s youth teams also train on the same facility, and there have also been positive tests among them.

And it’s not as if they were the first team to cancel a game this season – far from it. Their game with Leeds United on Boxing Day has been canceled as Leeds did not have enough players and is being rearranged. There are countless other examples.

Liverpool, like many other clubs, have vaccinated and done their best to keep the games going but failed on this occasion. If at all, they had to forego a sporting advantage, since they were now more likely to be second in the away game.

When Klopp stated that some of the last week’s positive tests later turned out to be false positives, the conspiracy theories rebounded, forgetting that those who fell into that category didn’t want to miss the workout, cause disruption, or further increase the fixture pile- up later in the season.

“I’m not saying Liverpool is lying,” said an Arsenal blogger wrote, under the heading ‘1 in 4m: Klopp’s claim of Liverpool’s’ false positives ‘is not true.’

“I say, however, that what they claim is highly unlikely,” they continued. “In fact, I am not saying that, I am saying that, medicine and mathematics.”

It sounds a lot like they are claiming Liverpool are lying, despite the first part of that statement. And the same suggestion has been seen countless times in the past few days.

Liverpool and Klopp will ultimately care little about the uproar they accidentally caused, but this is another reminder that the Reds can seem irritating to some people, completely irrational and without even playing.

The anger and resentment were confusing.


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