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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had told supporters that three players had tested positive for Covid-19 before their Premier League clash against Chelsea – and the club have now revealed who.
The Reds announced on Sunday afternoon after the team had traveled to London: "Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip have been ruled out of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea today after returning suspected positive tests for COVID-19."
Adding: "The trio will play no part in the fixture at Stamford Bridge and are now isolating.
"It follows news Jurgen Klopp will not be present at the encounter after also registering a suspected positive test.
"All other members of the Reds’ playing squad have subsequently been tested and received negative results."
The update comes after it was revealed that Klopp would also be forced to miss the clash, with both sides looking to close the gap on runaway leaders Manchester City at the top.
An earlier 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.
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"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."
The big news in the home camp is that Thomas Tuchel opted to drop Romelu Lukaku entirely after he slammed Chelsea's tactics and admitted he wanted a return to Inter Milan.
Gary Neville told Sky Sports in response: "I don’t think any manager could be criticised for that approach [to drop Lukaku].
"Control is critical for a manager. If you have heard those words in the week, they’re not easy words for the manager to hear and not easy words for the owner to hear.
"But also for the team-mates who are trying to win a Premier League title."
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