Jürgen Klopp will miss Liverpool’s Premier League match against Chelsea on Sunday after a suspected positive test result for Covid-19.
Liverpool confirmed that their manager is now isolating after reporting “mild symptoms” in the buildup to Sunday’s fixture.
Klopp said in Friday’s pre-match press conference that Liverpool had three fresh Covid cases within the playing squad, all currently unnamed. “We never had this proper outbreak where 15 to 20 players had it [Covid],” he said. “For us it is every day, another one, stuff happens more and more often. It’s like a lottery waiting for the results.”
The assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders will lead the team for the 4.30pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool revealed that testing of the entire first-team set-up revealed no further positive cases within the playing squad in addition to the three confirmed by Klopp on Friday but three backroom staff members have returned suspected positive results.