Jurgen Klopp clarifies Liverpool’s false positive Covid tests behind Arsenal postponement

The Reds asked for the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal to be postponed last week after a number of players tested positive for Covid-19

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s players were still unable to return to training last week even after their Covid tests were registered as ‘false positives’.

The Reds reported an outbreak at the club shortly after their Premier League match against Chelsea on January 2, a fixture that Klopp himself was forced to miss along with Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino.

The rapidly rising numbers led to the Reds applying to have the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal postponed, with the EFL accepting the request.

However, on further testing a number of Reds players returned negative tests. Despite that though, they were unable to return to training.

Klopp’s Reds take on Arsenal in the rearranged first leg on Thursday


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When asked about the tests at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s rearranged Arsenal semi-final first leg, now to be played at Anfield, Klopp said: “What do you think I mean when I say ‘false positives’?

“It’s a positive test result and when you are able to do a re-test, one day later, you get a false positive test, as the result was negative.

“So then, third test but you cannot use the players. They are the rules.”

Only Trent Alexander-Arnold was confirmed as a Covid absentee for Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, although several other players were barred from training.

Alexander-Arnold has returned to training ahead of Thursday’s clash with Arsenal, and Klopp is expected to be able to have almost a full squad available.

“Trent trained y’day, [Divock] Origi and Thiago [Alcantara] didn’t,” he said.

“Everyone else, like always, are available. Harvey Elliott looks promising on the pitch, not too far away from team training. Robbo [Andy Robertson] got a little knock but is fine.”

Youngster Kaide Gordon scored his first senior goal in the win over Shrewsbury, and Klopp says the teenager could gain some more minutes in the side in absences of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“He had an exceptional pre-season, then a little drop in form which is normal at his age but an outstanding talent,” he said.

“If he is fit, he is always on my mind. The Shrewsbury game helped a lot, proper adult football and he dealt with it. It’s important.

“In the Shrewsbury game we had no other options, Taki [Minamino] and Bobby [Firmino] couldn’t start. That was the team to line up and it was all fine. We train and educate them and get them all the info we have on football. Step by step, that’s how football education works.”

“We won it with five Academy lads involved, so that is big for us. It’s really nice, I felt really good after the game because of so many nice stories.”

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