Unhappy West Ham have hit out at Liverpool over another postponed game after travelling to Merseyside for a fixture.
Positive Covid tests have seen the football schedule in the Premier League and beyond obliterated this week.
Liverpool however have been able to play midweek – beating Newcastle 3-1 – and look set to play again on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur – at the time of writing.
Jurgen Klopp, who will lose key stars Sadio Mane and Mo Salah for a month in January to the African Nations, has urged the Premier League not to shut football down for a “circuit breaker”.
And privately the Liverpool boss will clearly be keen to play as many fixtures as possible while he still has Mane and Salah at his disposal.
Leeds vs Arsenal was the only game to survive in the Premier League on Saturday with West Ham’s home match against Norwich one of the first to be called off ahead of the weekend.
Hammers boss David Moyes said last week that the West Ham camp had been unaffected by covid cases but acknowledged how quickly that could change.
The Canaries postponement was due to issues at the Norwich end.
But West Ham were at least given plenty of notice ahead of the match being called off.
That was not the case it seems for West Ham’s Under 23s side which was due to face Liverpool today (Sunday).
Unhappy West Ham hit out at Liverpool over postponed game after travelling to Merseyside for fixture
West Ham have confirmed the Premier League 2 fixture away at Liverpool was postponed last night AFTER the Hammers had already travelled to Merseyside for the clash. And West Ham are not happy with Liverpool over how it was handled.
“West Ham United can confirm that Sunday’s Premier League 2 fixture away at Liverpool U23s has been postponed,” the Hammers said in a statement on the club’s official website.
“West Ham were informed on Saturday evening of the decision, which was taken by Liverpool with the hosts stating they would be unable to fulfil the fixture at the Liverpool Academy Training Ground.
“West Ham United U23s are naturally disappointed the clash will not go ahead, especially given the fact they had already travelled to Liverpool in preparation for the game.”
The club said a revised date for the Liverpool clash will be confirmed in due course.
While it is hugely frustrating for West Ham, if the match has been postponed due to Covid then Liverpool may well have done the Hammers a big favour given how many academy players are currently in and around Moyes’s first team.
Given the cancellation came from Liverpool’s end, it will be interesting to see if today’s first team Premier League game against Spurs goes ahead.
If not then it could cast doubt over West Ham’s massive Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against Tottenham which is due to be played on Wednesday night.