The Premier League has postponed Liverpool’s game against Leeds United and the match between Wolves and Watford because of coronavirus. Both games were at 12:30 GMT on Sunday, 26 December but have been called off after requests from Leeds and Watford.
The Premier League said Leeds could not play “due to the number of players with Covid-19, injuries and illness”. Everton boss Rafael Benitez said he was “surprised” his side’s game at Burnley was still on. The Toffees last played on 16 December when they drew 1-1 with Chelsea, prior to their match on 19 December against Leicester City being postponed because of Covid-19 cases within the Foxes camp.
“After the game [against Chelsea] we found that we have five positives,” said Benitez. “With the injuries and the positives that we had, we were expecting that the game would be postponed like in a lot of games. “Now I have to think if I have 11 players fit and where I can put them. I am really surprised we are playing this game.”
The Spaniard added he had nine fit outfield players, three goalkeepers and five youngsters for the match, and that he may be forced to include forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin after four months out with injury. “It’s a massive risk to the players and not fair,” said Benitez.