The cruel blow Liverpool have been dealt for crunch Chelsea clash after Leeds United postponement

Andy Robertson will now be absent for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

<p>Andy Robertson was sent off in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images</p>

Andy Robertson was sent off in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images

Liverpool's Boxing Day clash against Leeds United has been postponed.

A number of Covid cases in the Whites' squad mean that the Anfield fixture has been scrapped.

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It's the first Reds fixture to fall foul amid coronavirus cases spiking across the Premier League.

Suspension extended

Jurgen Klopp's side will next be in action when they travel to Leicester City on Tuesday, 28 December - less than a week after knocking the Foxes out of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on penalties.

The Leeds postponement gives Liverpool a better chance to get Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones back up to speed. They're currently self-isolating after testing positive for Covid.

But it means the Reds have been dealt a big blow for their crunch trip to Premier League title rivals Chelsea on 2 January.

Andy Robertson is in disbelief after being sent off in Liverpool’s draw at Totenham. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Andy Robertson is currently serving a three-match suspension after being sent off in the 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The left-back was due to return for the trip to Stamford Bridge - but will now be ruled out of the clash.

Robertson was set to once again be available against Chelsea but that will no longer be the case.

Who will play instead of Robertson?

Kostas Tsimikas is Robertson's understudy at Liverpool.

The Greece international has impressed when he's featured this season, having made 13 appearances.

It means he will get the nod against Thomas Tuchel's side if available.