Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that the Covid-19 situation at the club does not escalate after three players missed Thursday’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones all returned positive tests ahead of the clash with the Magpies, which means they will have to isolate for the next 10 days.
The Reds are set to face Leeds United on Boxing Day, which would be the final day of their isolation period.
However, clubs from across the Premier League have started to feel the full effects of the pandemic again in recent weeks, with five games having already been cancelled this weekend.
Should Liverpool’s problem worsen over the coming days, then they could be the next team to be forced to postpone matches, which would put their fixture with Leeds in doubt.
Reds boss Klopp is a little apprehensive on how the virus could spread around the squad, but is trying to remain optimistic that there won’t be any more cases beyond the three they currently have.
Via quotes from the Liverpool Echo, he said: “We hope [it is contained]. The situation is difficult for us and for the whole world. We pretty much woke up this morning and had three positive cases.
“At the training ground, the process we follow now is, we head to the training ground, do a lateral flow test and then go back into the car and we wait for the results.
“In this moment, we had three positive tests and obviously that is not too cool, so we waited for confirmation as there was still the possibility of false positives, but for the game we couldn’t wait for that.
“We had to make the decisions and send the boys home, so we had three players out and two of them would have started today but it was of course not a reason to cancel the game.
“We didn’t even ask for it [to be called off], but we just see how it develops.
“This virus has been around us for so long that it is not really likely that it will stay at [just] three because the boys don’t have a lot of spare time to go wherever.
“All of them are fully vaccinated and two have had the booster. We wait to see how it is.
“Hopefully the boys get through it now without any symptoms. They don’t have any at the moment and they were more surprised than us, but it’s what we have to accept.
“Hopefully they are quickly back again. They did a PCR test and we were waiting for the result but the game came too early. That is pretty much the story.”
Five Premier League matches have been postponed this weekend, while Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola was forced to cancel his pre-Newcastle United press conference following an ‘inconclusive’ test result on Friday.