Trainer Jürgen Klopp has, according to the BBC said that there were a number of so-called ‘false positives’. The only person who was really infected with the virus turns out to have been defender Trent Alexander-Arnold. Head coach Jürgen Klopp and his Dutch assistant Pepijn Lijnders, among others, were out of circulation due to alleged positive corona tests.
Due to the presumed outbreak, Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final against Arsenal was postponed earlier. The club played last weekend in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury Town (4-1), where several players were also missing. Klopp even drafted several teenagers in that game.
English media have since reported that several clubs have asked the League Cup umbrella organization to conduct further investigations. One wonders if Liverpool knew about the ‘false positives’ before the scheduled meeting with Arsenal and the game could have gone on after all. There are clubs that also asked for a postponement during the tournament, but did not receive this because they had enough players left.
Due to the alleged outbreak, Liverpool even closed the training complex for a few days.