Glenn Hoddle slams decision to delay Liverpool's cup clash vs Arsenal
Glenn Hoddle SLAMS decision to postpone Liverpool’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal due to Covid cases and says officials should ‘abide by the rules’… as Danny Mills insists Jurgen Klopp should have played his U23s
- Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final vs Arsenal was postponed amid Covid cases
- Glenn Hoddle and Danny Mills both believe the game should have gone ahead
- They said officials must abide by the rules and asked why youth stars didn’t play
Glenn Hoddle and Danny Mills have criticised the decision to delay Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal this week, saying youngsters could have filled in for those suffering with Covid.
Liverpool are struggling with a severe outbreak of Covid in their ranks, with boss Jurgen Klopp and his assistant Pep Lijnders already testing positive – with several more players becoming infected too.
The first leg tie was due to be in London on January 6, but will now be pushed back another two weeks – meaning the Reds will surrender the chance to play in front of their own fans in the second leg.
Liverpool’s postponed Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal has drawn criticism
Pundits Danny Mills and Glenn Hoddle (R) both believe the game should have gone ahead
Current rules state that a team must have less than 14 players available for a game to be postponed – but controversially clubs are allowed to include players under the age of 21 who are not in the first team squad but have played at least one match this season in the total.
And Chelsea and Tottenhan icon Hoddle feels the game should have gone ahead, saying officials should follow the rules more closely before deciding whether a game should be pushed back.
‘The rules are there, the rules are there for everyone and I think that’s what you’ve got to abide by,’ he told talkSport.
‘The fact the manager won’t be there, he wasn’t there against Chelsea, they didn’t play particularly well first half but were 2-0 up.
Mills said Klopp should have been forced to play any available youth players in the match
Liverpool face a shortage of players with injuries, Covid cases and players at the AFCON
‘I think if the rules are there and you haven’t got the players to put out there then I think that’s different, but I’m sure behind the scenes they’ll be asked, ‘who is fit, who has got COVID, who is injured. So I think the game’s got to go ahead.’
Danny Mills agreed and questioned why Klopp couldn’t have been forced to play his Under-23 players, just as he did in 2019-20 when he was forced to play a League Cup tie before his side went to the Club World Cup.
‘You can only call a game off if you have so many cases of Covid’ he said. ‘You have a squad of under-23s that aren’t included in that 25-man squad.
‘Liverpool played them when they went off to play in the Club World Cup.
‘So they have the players available, they’ve got Under-23s that can play, so tough, throw them in.’
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