19-time league champions Liverpool have welcomed back the return of four players.
The quartet of Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk, Curtis Jones and Thiago Alcantara who were previously missing in action have now returned to fitness and training with teammates.
This was confirmed by manager Jurgen Klopp in his pre-game press conference ahead of their game against Leicester City on Tuesday.
“The boys who had Covid are back: Fab, Virgil, Curtis and Thiago. Thiago was the latest, he came back and trained first time yesterday with the team,” Klopp said.
All four of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Thiago Alcantara were all ruled out prior to Liverpool’s last Premier League game, against Tottenham Hotspur, after testing positive positive for coronavirus.
The former Dortmund and Mainz gaffer fielded a team based on his options as his team forced out a 2-2 draw against spurs with 10 men.
Liverpool then defeated their Tuesday’s opponents on penalties in the Carabao Cup, a game where they equalized at death through Takumi Minamino.
However, Liverpool still have Covid concerns as a player and two staff have been confirmed to still have the virus:
“We have one young player who is now isolating and two staff.” Klopp added.
It’s also been confirmed that Liverpool have secured the permission to field the African trio of Salah, Mane and Keita next weekend and manager Klopp has now expressed gratitude to the FA of the concerned nations:
“The news about that was good. We are really thankful for that. We needed help and we got the help – all the clubs got the help.”
Liverpool are second on the league standings with 41 points, six adrift leaders Manchester City who have played one more game as Liverpool didn’t play on Boxing Day due to Covid concerns in the team.