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Jurgen Klopp reveals 'false positive' test results caused chaos at Liverpool

Liverpool's Tyler Morton and manager Jurgen Klopp celebrate after the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Liverpool's Tyler Morton and manager Jurgen Klopp celebrate after the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given an insight into the Covid chaos at the club over the last week, with a succession of 'false positive' tests adding to the confusion.

Klopp was back on the touchline after his period of isolation ended but the Covid-19 outbreak within the squad this week which forced a 48-hour shutdown of the first-team training centre had meant selecting a side had been tricky.

Liverpool beat Shrewsbury 4-1 with a mixture of first team and youthful performers on on Sunday, with Klopp revealing many of the players left on the sidelines did not test positive for Covid despite initial results suggesting they needed to isolate.

In the end five academy players were utilised – having made a combined 15 senior appearances between them – while Firmino and Takumi Minamino were pushed into service as second-half substitutes after only just returning from Covid and injury respectively.

“This was the team we could line up today and the boys did really well,” added Klopp.

“We had last week a proper outbreak and it showed up that we had a lot of false positives but the rules are like they are so all these players who are false positives couldn’t play.

“The only real positive came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and all the rest was false positives.”

Klopp also dispelled any concerns midfielder Thiago Alcantara could miss the rest of the season with a hip problem.

“He didn’t train this week but we expect him to be back to do rehab stuff from tomorrow on and then we will see,” he added. “It is not that he is out until the end of the season, not at all.”

Klopp praised Kaide Gordon’s “nose” for a goal after the 17-year-old became the club’s youngster FA Cup scorer in the win over Shrewsbury.

There was briefly a sniff of an upset when the League One visitors took a 27th-minute lead through Daniel Udoh with their first shot on target.

However, Gordon, who at 17 years and 96 days also became the club’s second-youngest all-time scorer after Ben Woodburn, equalised with a composed finish and Fabinho’s penalty put them in front just before half-time.

Substitute Roberto Firmino’s backheel was his first goal at Anfield since December 2020 with Fabinho sealing their progress to a fourth-round meeting at home to Cardiff by lashing home the last kick of the game.

“Kaide finishing-wise is no doubt, his finishing is exceptional but all the rest he is still a kid,” said Klopp.

“When he is in these situations he is really calm. I am not saying he will always score in these situations in the rest of his career but more often than not.

“He has a nose for it. I know he is the second-youngest goalscorer for Liverpool, which is absolutely exceptional, but there is a way to go. No problem, Kaide has time, he will have his minutes here and there.”

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