Covid-hit Liverpool reopen training HQ as FA Cup third round tie with Shrewsbury Town beckons

Klopp remains in isolation, as does Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders.

Several first team players also delivered positive cases earlier this week, meaning they are unavailable for selection on Sunday. As yet, the club has not identified everyone affected.

However, as things stand, Liverpool believe they will have enough players to fulfil the fixture so the game does not appear in immediate jeopardy.

In theory, Liverpool should be helped by the number of players hoping to leave isolation over the next 24 hours.

Alisson Becker, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino received their positive test results last week, so – pending negative tests – should be able to rejoin the squad this weekend.

Klopp tested positive last Saturday, which might mean he too can take charge on Saturday, again pending a negative test.

Liverpool were forced to ask the EFL to postpone their midweek Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Arsenal due to the growing severity of the outbreak at the AXA training centre.

That appeal was granted. But there has been no representation to the Football Association about a postponement.

An FA Youth Cup tie with Burnley, scheduled for Friday evening, was also postponed. That is to ensure youth players are available if and when required to play in the senior competition.

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