Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now isolating; he will miss Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. The assistant Pep Lijnders will take charge of the first team.

Klopp, who is isolating, was experiencing mild symptoms. His assistant Pepijn Lijnders will take charge for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool on Friday confirmed that three other members of staff had tested positive, with Klopp declining to name the trio as they were awaiting PCR test confirmations.

The club said in a statement: “Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive Covid-19 test result. “The Reds manager, who reported mild symptoms ahead of the fixture, is now isolating.”

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“Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders will therefore lead the team for the 4.30pm GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge.

“Three backroom staff members have returned suspected positive results, however.” the statement concludes

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