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Liverpool have been hit by the news that the UK has added Austria to its quarantine list while they are their training.
Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title winners are currently preparing for the start of the 2020/21 season.
Their training camp is underway in Salzburg with the first team working on their fitness.
And Liverpool have already had to contend with one positive test for coronavirus while away.
That individual has isolated and the club have followed the protocols with regards to continuing with the training camp.
However, they have been dealt another blow with the UK’s decision to add Austria, among other countries like Croatia, to their quarantine list amid the Covid-19 crisis.
The restrictions come into force from 4am this Saturday, and those travelling in from Austria would have to self-isolate for two weeks.
That would in theory prove massively problematic for Liverpool ahead of the Premier League season kicking off on September 12.
Liverpool are also due to play Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday, August 29.
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The Reds, though, are not expected to be rushed into a swift journey home by tomorrow.
Klopp’s men have two friendlies scheduled coming up, with Stuttgart facing them on Saturday before Salzburg play Liverpool on Tuesday.
They are then due to fly home after the second game, and that remains the plan despite the new regulations with the UK quarantine list.
The Mirror say the Liverpool squad is set to be exempt from having to quarantine, even if they return beyond Saturday.
As the Reds are an elite sports team, they have been following their own safety protocols and are confident they will not have to quarantine after arriving back next Tuesday.
They are staying in a mountain retreat just outside the city and are able to apply for an exemption through the FA.
Government rules state that elite athletes can travel to play matches and be made exempt from the mandatory quarantine, by applying through the sporting body, if they maintain an isolation bubble.
Liverpool have done that, so their two friendlies will therefore go ahead as scheduled, and the Community Shield with Arsenal will be unaffected too.
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