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Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool stars "not the same" after COVID – despite having no symptoms


Liverpool were forced to deal with a Covid outbreak recently but a number of those were found to be false positives yet Jurgen Klopp still believes his players have not returned the same

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Jurgen Klopp claims his players are not immediately up to scratch when they return from Covid isolation periods.

Liverpool recently dealt with an outbreak at the club that forced their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg to be postponed by a week.

As many as 40 members of staff and players tested positive for the virus.

Others had to self-isolate as per the guidance in England, but when the group reconvened the German found that they were not 100 per cent.

He said: “It’s strange, even without symptoms, the boys came back and it’s not exactly the same.

“I don’t think there’s any explanation for that at the moment but we have to consider that as well.”

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Jurgen Klopp has expressed concern over his players upon their return from self-isolation

Liverpool were able to name a strong starting XI for their draw with Arsenal on Thursday night.

Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are away at AFCON but otherwise Klopp named a line-up that included the likes of Diogo Jota, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk.

The German was forced to defend the club during their Covid outbreak.

A number of false positives were recorded amid reports the EFL were going to investigate the circumstances around the postponement.

The Liverpool boss said: “A false positive is when you get a positive test back. When you are able to do a re-test, you get a result which makes it look like a false positive because this test was negative.

“It doesn’t change anything for your quarantine but you need to know, you have to do a third test. In between, you cannot use the players – that’s how the rules are for all of us.

“If the third test negative as well then that is it. But that is four days later, we couldn’t have done anything different.

“In the first moment we got the positives tests, we had to consider it was the right result. PCR tests, by the way.”







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Klopp himself tested positive for Covid earlier this year and missed the 2-2 draw at Chelsea with assistant Pep Lijnders stepping in.

The German has been a major advocate of vaccinations despite the slow up take at certain clubs.

He even went as far as to say the Reds would shy away from signing players who had not taken the jab.

“I think it (being vaccinated) will be influential, definitely, in who clubs sign,” he confessed. “If a player is not vaccinated at all, he is a constant threat for all of us.

“He doesn’t want to be a threat, it’s not that he thinks ‘I don’t care about the others’ but he is’.”

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