Soccer-Liverpool boss Klopp to miss Chelsea game due to COVID-19 By Reuters

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(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will miss Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea after returning a suspected positive COVID-19 test, the Merseyside club announced on Saturday.

Deputy manager Pepijn Lijnders will take charge at Stamford Bridge in the absence of Klopp, who is isolating himself after reporting mild symptoms.

“Testing of the entire first team setup did not reveal any other positive cases within the playing team beyond the three confirmed by Klopp on Friday,” Liverpool said in a statement.

“However, three backroom staff returned suspected positive results.”

Klopp said on Friday that three players and some staff had tested positive for the virus, but added that it was too early to ask for a postponement from the Premier League.

The league has postponed 18 games, including Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash against Leeds United, since last month due to COVID-19 outbreaks and injuries at several clubs, leaving teams without enough players to fill the gaps. matches.

Liverpool had been deprived of the services of Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Curtis Jones in recent weeks after being forced into solitary confinement due to suspected positive COVID-19 tests. The quartet resumed training earlier this week.

Liverpool are third in the league table with 41 points in 18 games, one point behind second-placed Chelsea, but one game short.

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