Virgil van Dijk and two other Liverpool stars test positive for Covid ahead of Newcastle

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of tonight’s Premier League match at home to Newcastle. Midfielders Fabinho and Curtis Jones have also tested positive for COVID-19. This comes after news a further four matches have been postponed ahead of this weekend’s action.

Manchester United’s match against Brighton, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, was the first of the weekend’s games to be called off.

Leicester v Everton, Watford v Palace, Southampton v Brentford and West Ham v Norwich have also fallen by the wayside.

That comes after four games were postponed from between Sunday and tonight.

Liverpool’s match at home to Newcastle will go ahead this evening.

But they will be without three of their first-team players.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Virgil van Dijk will miss tonight’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United after registering suspected positive tests for COVID-19.

“The three players are now isolating.

“As a result, the entire Reds’ set-up, including all players and staff, were tested for COVID-19 again today with no further positive cases being detected.

“Supporters attending the game at Anfield are reminded of the new entry requirements and protocols in place to protect public safety.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wrote in his programme notes ahead of tonight’s match about the importance of getting vaccinated against coronavirus.

Klopp wrote: “There is of course a wider national conversation on the increasing spread of COVID, both in the country but at football clubs also.

“My message around this has always been simple and clear, I hope: I trust experts. I follow the advice of smart, educated people who know their field because they’ve dedicated their lives to it and have studied it.

“I won’t apologise for the view I hold on the vaccination, no matter how unpopular it might make me in certain sections of society. I’m the same privately as I am publicly on this.

“If I come across friends or people I care about in my life away from football and they tell me they haven’t had a jab yet, I do my best to encourage them to listen to experts. It’s never a case of ‘listen to me’ – it’s always ‘listen to those who know’.

“Ignore those who pretend to know. Ignore lies and misinformation. Listen to people who know best. If you do that, you end up wanting the vaccine and the booster.”

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