Liverpool have had little luck in the way of injuries so far this season and Covid cases have only added to the demand on the squad during an intense period.
Like many other clubs, the Reds have had to navigate their way through both injuries and Covid cases, many of which have been detected on the eve or day of fixtures.
Against Chelsea, Liverpool were without three first-team players due to the virus in addition to the manager, while a handful of backroom staff members have also contracted Covid.
The vaccination and booster status of the club has made for swift recoveries but just when could we expect the current Covid group to return?
Who has tested positive?
They first went unnamed before it was officially revealed ahead of kickoff at Chelsea.
With the Brazilian pair both absent from training last week, it can be safely assumed that they were the pair who tested positive on Thursday (Dec 30) and Matip on Friday (Dec 31).
Klopp himself was then forced to miss the trip to the capital after a positive test result on Saturday (Jan 1), taking the cases for senior personnel to four within a three-day period.
When can they return?
The change in UK guidelines has seen the self-isolation period cut from 10 days to seven after the day of a positive test, which Liverpool have already benefitted from.
That is so long as two negative lateral flow results are received on day six and day seven.
Using the date which they tested positive and the new seven-day isolation, the earliest date and game the players and Klopp could then return is as follows:
- Alisson – Isolation ends: Jan 6, next game: Shrewsbury (H), Jan 9
- Roberto Firmino – Isolation ends: Jan 6, next game: Shrewsbury (H), Jan 9
- Joel Matip – Isolation ends: Jan 7, next game:Shrewsbury (H), Jan 9
- Jurgen Klopp – Isolation ends: Jan 8, next game: Shrewsbury (H), Jan 9
It has already been stated that the manager has experienced “mild symptoms” and that could mean the isolation period is to be extended, and the same goes for the players.
And who is on the injury list?
The uncertainty of further Covid cases does make managing the squad increasingly complex, with injuries also adding to the load on others.
Andy Robertson‘s return from suspension will be similarly welcomed but there is always the possibility of further Covid cases as football continues to reflect the trend of the wider society.