Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is suspected to have returned a positive Covid-19 test and will be out of the game against Chelsea on Sunday. Klopp is isolated and had mild symptoms with assistant Pepijn Linders set to take charge. The club also confirmed that three other players or staff tested positive with Klopp not revealing any names. It has also been understood that Liverpool will not ask the game to be postponed. Liverpool is currently in third place after dropping three crucial points against Leicester. The result ensured that Manchester City move into the new year at the summit after winning ten games in a row.
“Jurgen Klopp will miss the Liverpool Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive Covid-19 test result.” the club said in a statement. “The Reds manager, who reported mild symptoms ahead of the fixture, is now isolating. Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders will therefore lead the team for the 4.30 pm GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge.”
“Testing of the entire first-team set-up has revealed no further positive cases within the playing squad in addition to the three confirmed by Klopp on Friday,” he added. “Three backroom staff members have returned suspected positive results, however.”