The Reds are due to head to the Emirates for the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday night, but that is now in doubt according to the Merseyside press.
It is far from ideal for Liverpool, but there had been no suggestion that the club would push for the postponement of that Premier League game.
Pearce reports that there have been “further positive COVID-19 tests” within the first-team squad, with a scheduled training session having been cancelled on Tuesday.
Rumours that Kirkby has been closed are as yet unfounded, though, and Pearce adds that “no formal application has been put in to postpone the game.”
“As it stands the match remains on,” he writes, “although it is believed discussions have taken place between Liverpool and the EFL.”
Along with Klopp, three staff members tested positive ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge, and with under-23s goalkeeping coach Mark Morris taking sessions, it could be deduced that any of John Achterberg, Claudio Taffarel and Jack Robinson could be affected.
There are rumours that as many as 14 positive tests emerged on Tuesday morning, which would almost certainly lead to the semi-final being postponed.
That is as yet unconfirmed, and as it stands Lijnders is due to speak to the media on Wednesday morning in his pre-match press conference.
Where these cup games would fit into the calendar is unclear, with Liverpool also required to reschedule their home clash with Leeds in the league.