Jurgen Klopp admits it is ‘not possible’ for Liverpool to play if more players get sick … as he confirms Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for Covid and James Milner reveals players struggle as much as fans with the crisis
- Jurgen Klopp revealed midfielder Thiago Alcantara caught Covid
- Liverpool boss believes more infections could keep his side from playing
- Thiago joins Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones in contracting the virus
- Reds veteran James Milner has opened up about the challenges the team face
- Liverpool to face Spurs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned his side may be forced to withdraw from games if more members of his Covid-affected squad test positive for the virus.
Reds manager Klopp confirmed ahead of kick-off ahead of his side’s Tottenham game on Sunday that Thiago Alcantara became the fourth player on his side to catch Covid, joining Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones on the touches.
Klopp, who has called for all players to be vaccinated, told Sky Sports: âI’m happy to play but the situation is really strange. You are preparing your team but have no idea.
Liverpool hit by four positive Covid tests as Omicron variant continues to spread
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted the club are on the verge of losing their ability to play
âWe did the lateral flow tests this morning and everything was fine. I think we have to fight for this, but next week if we lose another player and another player, it is not possible. No one can just get these things through.
Leicester’s trip to Everton became the sixth Premier League game of the weekend to be called off earlier on Sunday, although Liverpool were able to play on Thursday, when Klopp’s men beat Newcastle 3-1 at Anfield.
After revealing that Thiago tested positive, Klopp confessed that the uncertainty caused by the spread of the Omicron variant is upsetting his plans.
Klopp said: âJordan Henderson is the only one with proper symptoms but not Covid. He has a cold so we sent him home.
Thiago Alcantara (right) has become the latest star to test positive and Jordan Henderson is ill
“It’s really difficult now, because [players] maybe in [one day] then positive test. We’re talking about human beings and I’m happy to play, but we need help.
Tottenham’s planned trip to Leicester on Thursday was canceled due to Covid, and Spurs mainstay Eric Dier said the short-term postponement of the game – their third pandemic-stricken game in a week – was difficult for players.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner echoed Dier’s views when he expressed his concerns ahead of the action at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Milner conceded: âIt’s not easy for anyone, in football or outside of football. All we can do is be as ready as possible for the game.
James Milner (right) opened up about Liverpool’s predicament ahead of his Tottenham game