Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to miss Chelsea clash with suspected positive Covid test

Klopp previews Chelsea

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Jurgen Klopp has entered isolation after returning a ‘suspected positive Covid-19 test’. Liverpool are getting ready to take on Chelsea on Sunday, but will have to do so without their manager in the dugout.

Liverpool confirmed on Saturday that Klopp has returned a suspected positive Covid-19 test result.

All the first team players were subsequently tested, but no positive results were returned.

Pepijn Lijnders will instead take charge of proceedings for Liverpool against Chelsea.

But the club also confirmed that three other backroom staff members have tested positive.

The statement read: “Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive COVID-19 test result.

“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 4.30pm 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.

“Three backroom staff members have returned suspected positive results, however.”

Liverpool and Chelsea are City’s closest challengers in the Premier League for the title, but Pep Guardiola’s side have been in excellent form of late.

And Klopp has challenged his team to put more pressure on City in the second half of the season.

“City are flying,” Klopp said. “Before the Leicester game, we were in a perfect position, only three points behind City, which, with the season they’ve played, is incredible.

“Our start to this year, 2021, was massively difficult, and to find a way back into your normal performances and maybe improve them was a massive improvement.

“But one of us can put pressure on City, the winner can… the loser I don’t know. We will see that later on. We will not give up just because we lost our game against Leicester. We will try everything, 100 per cent. There are a lot of games to come.

“City didn’t have a proper ‘down’ in 2021. Their 110 points in a calendar year is quite impressive, I have to say!

“But in the end it’s a football game and the only way you can win is if you really want to play it, fancy the challenge, be annoying if necessary, be fluid if possible, play your best football and, if you give it a try, you have a chance. But the opponents are Chelsea and they are a really good team as well.”

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