Liverpool’s protocols for training camp explained after positive Covid-19 test

Liverpool will continue their pre-season training camp in Austria despite a member of the travelling group testing positive for coronavirus.

The Reds' preparations for their defence of the Premier League title have been unaffected despite the scare.

Liverpool are due to kick off the new season a week on Saturday against Arsenal in the Community Shield.

The Reds remain tight-lipped on the matter and it is not known if it is a player or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual will self-isolate from the group – the UK protocol is for 10 days – as training continues at their base just outside of Salzburg ahead of the new campaign.

It is not known if the person showed any symptoms or was asymptomatic.

Liverpool opted to train in Austria after plans to prepare in Evian were hit by France being placed on the UK quarantine list.

The Reds have a strict protocol in place that allows them to maintain full routines in the bubble of their camp in the Alps.

The individual with the suspected case will isolate while a second test is conducted, in order to rule out any false positive. The isolation will be enforced for seven days, until a test shows a negative result.

There are no fears of a wider outbreak in the camp, though, and Jurgen Klopp is believed to be relaxed about the situation.

Liverpool are now testing at daily intervals and will maintain a full training programme with players in their bubble allowed full contact.

They can also eat and socialise together in the hotel.

The Reds are due to return to England next week to finish preparations for the clash with the Gunners on August 29 at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Rhian Brewster is a wanted man this summer with four Premier League clubs eyeing up a loan move for the 20-year-old striker.

Brighton, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Newcastle are all interested in the rising star who scored 11 goals in 22 appearances on loan at Swansea last season.

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