Jurgen Klopp delivers major Liverpool boost amid Premier League title race with Chelsea

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that four Liverpool players have returned to training after testing positive for Covid-19.

Ahead of the Reds’ clash with Newcastle United on December 16, the club revealed that Virgil van Dijk, Curtis Jones and Fabinho had tested positive for the virus, with Thiago Alcantara also contracting the illness a few days later.

However, ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Leicester City on Tuesday evening, Klopp has confirmed the quartet are in contention to return to action at the King Power Stadium.

The Liverpool boss said this on Monday afternoon: “The boys who had to isolate or had Covid are back. That means Fab, Virgil, Curtis and Thiago.

“Thiago was the latest. He trained for the first time yesterday (Boxing Day) with the team.

“We have one young player who is now isolating and two staff, so it’s really tricky. Every morning when you come in it’s a little bit like a lottery.

“That’s the situation but apart from that we are fine.”

Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, in a match that could have huge implications in this season’s title race.

The Blues are now level on points with the Reds – who occupy second-place – after beating Aston Villa, with Klopp’s men without a game on Boxing Day after their match with Leeds United was postponed due to an outbreak of Covid in the Whites’ camp.

Both teams sit six points below leaders Manchester City, who continued their superb form with a 6-3 win over Leicester on Sunday afternoon.

Klopp also confirmed reports that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will all be available for Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea after the Reds agreed with their countries to release them slightly later for their respective Africa Cup of Nations campaigns.

He said: “The news obviously about that is good, I was really thankful for that. I think it’s right, but we needed help and we got the help there – all the clubs got the help so it’s good the boys can play this game and after that they have to go.”

Source by Football London

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