Liverpool have recorded three new positive cases of Covid-19, but manager Jurgen Klopp believes Sunday’s game at Chelsea is not yet close to being canceled.
Klopp declined to name the trio as they were still awaiting PCR test confirmations, but those affected, as well as Thiago Alcantara and Takumi Minamino, will be missing at Stamford Bridge.
“Taki is running out, Thiago is not. Plus we have three new Covid cases on the team and a few more on the staff, so it’s not that cool right now,” Klopp said.
“I am not able to say who he is, but it will be clear enough on the team sheet the day after tomorrow.
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“We are not yet close to postponing the match. We have not yet had a real outbreak, but it is happening more and more often.
“It’s like a lottery in the morning when you wait for the result. It was basically another day-to-day case and today another.”
The match against title rivals Chelsea is crucial for Liverpool with leaders Manchester City threatening to break away at the top of the table.
Liverpool’s second league defeat of the season to Leicester on Tuesday, coupled with City’s 1-0 win at Brentford midweek, means Klopp’s side are behind the champions by nine points ahead of New Year’s games.
However, Klopp is giving up the title.
“The only way to catch someone in front of you is to win football matches,” he added. “And already now it’s not that easy. We play against Chelsea, who have similar problems to ours. I’m not 100% in the picture exactly what the situation is at Chelsea, but it probably is.
“Let’s go there and try everything, it’s still a difficult place to go. You don’t win there with an average performance, so we better worry about how good we can be at playing the best football match.
“We can now talk about our last game which we obviously weren’t happy with. The Leicester game, even without our being at our highest level, we probably should have won the game if we had put our chances aside.
“Obviously we have to show that we can do much better and that’s what we feel now because we can’t reach City without playing good football.”