Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip are ruled out of Liverpool's trip to Chelsea

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Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip are ruled out of Liverpool’s trip to title rivals Chelsea after testing positive for Covid-19… with boss Jurgen Klopp already missing

  • Alisson , Firmino and Matip have been ruled out of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea
  • The trio returned positive Covid-19 tests and did not travel to Stamford Bridge 
  • All other members of the squad have been tested and received negative results 


Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip have been ruled out of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea after returning positive Covid-19 tests. 

The trio – who did not travel to Stamford Bridge with the squad on Sunday – are currently isolating, according to Liverpool’s official statement. 

The club have also said that all other members of the Reds’ squad have been tested and received negative results. 

Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip have been ruled out of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea

Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip have been ruled out of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea

The news comes shortly after Liverpool announced that Jurgen Klopp had tested positive for Covid-19.  

The Reds boss is said to be displaying mild symptoms and is now isolating. As a result, Pep Lijnders will be in charge of Liverpool for the crucial match against their title rivals at Stamford Bridge.    

The trio did not travel to Stamford Bridge with the squad on Sunday

The Premier League club have said that the trio are now isolating

The Liverpool trio returned positive Covid tests and are now said to be isolating 

The news comes shortly after Liverpool announced that Jurgen Klopp had tested positive

The news comes shortly after Liverpool announced that Jurgen Klopp had tested positive

Liverpool also announced that three backroom staff members have returned suspected positive results.  

Speaking on Friday, Klopp said: ‘We have three new Covid cases in the team, more in the staff. I’m not able to say (who has tested positive) because we still need to do a PCR but you’ll see tomorrow on the team sheet, it’ll be clear.’

Asked if Liverpool were close to asking the Premier League to postpone the fixture, Klopp said: ‘Not yet. We never had this sort of proper outbreak yet, it’s more every day there’s another one. 

Liverpool are currently third in the league behind Chelsea (above) and Manchester City

Liverpool are currently third in the league behind Chelsea (above) and Manchester City 

‘It feels like a lottery in the morning when you are waiting for results. It was now pretty much day by day there would be one case, today another one and now we have to wait. The boys aren’t even in yet.

‘At the moment, (it’s) probably not (likely we will ask for the game to be postponed) but we are not sure how it’ll look like in a few hours.’

Liverpool are currently third in the Premier League table behind Chelsea and Manchester City. They will also be looking to hit back after losing against Leicester on December 28. 

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