Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tests positive for COVID-19

Jürgen Klopp said on Friday that there were three fresh Covid cases among the playing squad that are as yet unnamed. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Jürgen Klopp will be absent from Liverpool's Premier League match against Chelsea because of a suspected positive Covid-19 test result.

Liverpool announced that manager Jurgen Klopp is isolating himself following reports of "mild symptoms" in the build-up to Sunday's match.

Klopp stated during Friday's pre-match press conference that Liverpool has three new Covid cases, all of which is yet unnamed. "We've never had a true outbreak where 15 to 20 players were infected with [Covid]," he explained. "For us, it's every day, another one, as things continue to happen more frequently. It's similar to waiting for the results of a lottery."

Pepijn Lijnders, the assistant manager, will guide the team for the 4:30 pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool announced that testing of the entire first-team set-up discovered no further positive cases within the playing group in addition to the three confirmed by Klopp on Friday. But, three backroom staff members tested positive for suspected HIV.

Publish : 2022-01-02 10:19:00

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