“Jürgen Klopp will miss Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive COVID-19 test result,” the club reports.
The German will not be in the dugout for the huge game at Stamford Bridge and so Pep Lijnders will take his place.
Three unnamed Liverpool players and three unnamed backroom staff members have also tested positive as Klopp mentioned in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Klopp said at his press conference: “Taki is running outside, Thiago not. On top of that we have three new Covid cases in the team and a few more in the staff so it’s not so cool in the moment.
“I’m not able to say who it is but it’ll be pretty clear on the teamsheet the day after tomorrow.”
Could Liverpool vs. Chelsea be postponed amid COVID-19 outbreak?
Klopp said at his presser: “We aren’t close to getting the game postponed yet. We haven’t had a proper outbreak yet but it’s happening more and more often.
“It’s like a lottery in the morning when you wait for the result. It was day-by-day pretty much another case and today another one.”
The irony of Klopp saying that Liverpool don’t have a ‘proper’ outbreak only to test positive himself sums up the Reds situation.
It’s unlikely the Reds will get the game postponed unless more players test positive as the Premier League’s decision making on postponement is a subjective process but the game is on as things stand.