Jurgen Klopp will return to the bench for Liverpool’s home FA Cup third round against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday.
The Liverpool manager isolated himself after testing positive for coronavirus before Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea, but the 54-year-old German is now free to take charge of the match against League One side.
Klopp met the team at the team’s hotel on Sunday morning.
Liverpool were decimated by the coronavirus this week, forcing Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal to be postponed and the training ground closed.
Klopp assistant Pep Lijnders, who took charge of the team at Stamford Bridge, is still in solitary confinement after testing positive for COVID-19.
Kick-off 14:00: Liverpool-Shrewsbury Town
Team News: Liverpool’s coronavirus outbreak will impact their squad for Sunday’s match.
It was likely that a number of fringe players would be in attendance regardless, but with only academy teams able to train in the past couple of days, youth addiction is likely to be greater.
This means that the likes of Conor Bradley, Tyler Morton, Owen Beck, Kaide Gordon, Max Woltman and Harvey Blair will be considered, provided they are not affected by Covid.
The first teams Thiago Alcantara (hip) and Divock Origi (knee) have been out for a couple of weeks and it is unlikely they will take any risks, but Takumi Minamino could return after injury.
that of Shrewsbury Daniel Udoh will have until the last moment to prove his fitness. The nine-goal striker limped out of Sunday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
Colleague Tom Bloxham returns from a three-game ban.
Loan players Sam Cosgrove and Khanya Leshabela are available as temporary newcomer Saikou Janneh, from Bristol City, could make his debut.
Key statistics: Liverpool have faced Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in two previous seasons, knocking out the Shrews in the fourth round in both 1995-96 and 2019-20, the latter after a replay.
The next matches of Liverpool
January 9: Shrewsbury (H) – FA Cup third round
January 13: Arsenal (H) – Carabao Cup
January 16: Brentford (H) – Premier League
20 th January: Arsenal (A) – Carabao Cup
January 23: Crystal Palace (A) – Premier League, live on Sky Sports
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