Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash with Leeds has been postponed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the visitors’ squad, the club have confirmed.
The Reds were due to host Marcelo Bielsa’s side in a 12.30pm kickoff on Sunday, but that will no longer go ahead as planned.
The Yorkshire club confirmed five new cases among their players and staff, which along with their “well-documented injury issues” means they “would not have enough recognised first-team players to meet the Premier League requirements for the fixture.”
Those requirements deem one senior goalkeeper and 13 outfield players enough to fulfil any fixture, with “appropriately experience” under-21s also eligible.
Leeds currently have Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Pascal Struijk and Rodrigo sidelined through injury.
A statement on Liverpool’s official website on Thursday reads:
“Liverpool FC can confirm the fixture with Leeds United at Anfield on December 26 has been postponed.
“Information for supporters who were due to attend the game, as well as its revised date, will be made available via Liverpoolfc.com in due course.
“Tickets purchased for this match will remain valid for the new fixture date. The club will email all supporters who have purchased a ticket with details on refunds for those unable to attend the rescheduled date. Please don’t contact fan services on this matter.
“Liverpool FC would like to thank fans of both clubs for their understanding as we continue to navigate through this challenging period.”