Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not be at the touchline when Liverpool travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The German’s test results returned suspected positive to Covid-19 according to the club statement issued on Saturday afternoon.
“Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive Covid-19 test result,” read the statement.
“The Reds manager, who reported mild symptoms ahead of the fixture, is now isolating.”
Liverpool have found themselves on the brink of losing out in the title after abysmal 1-0 loss away to Leicester on Wednesday and no doubt the absence of their manager will be another deficit.
Meanwhile the reds will be represented in the technical area on the pitch by Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders.
“Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders will therefore lead the team for the 4.30pm GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool had just welcomed the return of four players from Covid and two members of staff were reported to have been self isolating last week according to Klopp.
Currently, there are no cases in the players’ camp according to Klopp but the today’s statement reveal three members of staff have tested positive to the virus.
“Testing of the entire first-team set-up has revealed no further positive cases within the playing squad in addition to the three confirmed by Klopp on Friday.
“Three backroom staff members have returned suspected positive results, however.”
Liverpool take on Chelsea in a crunch tie up the table, as both sides are looking for a win to cut the gap against City who have defeated Arsenal to go 11 points clear.