Jurgen Klopp returns against Shrewsbury after Covid absence
Jurgen Klopp returns to the sideline for FA Cup visit to Shrewsbury after Liverpool boss recovers from Covid-19 disease – but Reds still remain exhausted after outbreak
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is back on the sideline against Shrewsbury Town
- German boss missed Chelsea game after testing positive for Covid-19
- Klopp had only mild symptoms but will return to Anfield after recovering
- He wrote his program notes before he knew if he could attend
Liverpool will have Jurgen Klopp back on the sideline for Sunday’s FA Cup third round match against Shrewsbury following a Covid outbreak which led to the recall of a loan player to fill in the numbers.
Klopp, who isolated himself and missed the Premier League game against Chelsea last weekend after having to self-isolate, has shown only mild symptoms and will return to Anfield after passing further tests.
Liverpool confirmed their return on social media shortly before noon, two hours before kick-off at Anfield.
Liverpool to welcome Jurgen Klopp back to the sideline against Shrewsbury in FA Cup
“What I can say is I’m fine and can’t wait to get back to work,” Klopp detailed in his program notes for Sunday’s game, which were written before he knew for sure if he could be on the sideline. .
“I thank God for the vaccination because I didn’t feel well during this illness, but luckily only mild illness, and I’m sure it’s because I had the privilege of having my injections, y including the reminder.
âBeing disconnected from the team and the staff has been a strange experience. This has not happened to me often in my career and never for a period such as a full week.
âNot that I needed it, but it reminded me of how lucky I am to have such a wonderfully talented staff supporting me and the boys. I wasn’t scared one. second that the quality of the leadership of the players is affected. ‘
âWe hope Jurgen will be back. Of course, âDeputy Director Peter Krawietz said on Saturday. âHe’s been fine so far, he’s feeling good.
âThe rules are as they are and he needs to do more testing. We hope he will be fine to be with us on Sunday.
Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg was postponed against Arsenal on Thursday after a slew of Covid cases forced their training ground to close.
Although a number of first-team and Under-23 players are still not available, the club may come up with a squad to face League One Shrewsbury.
Joel Matip is back in training and in contention for the Reds after missing Chelsea draw
Defender Joel Matip has resumed training after missing the trip to Stamford Bridge with Alisson and Roberto Firmino while young midfielder Leighton Clarkson has returned from his loan at Blackburn and will be considered.
âWe have a loaned player back. He will probably join the team tomorrow, âKrawietz confirmed.
âWe were looking for options almost everywhere, but we found enough players to put together a squad and a squad for Sunday. It will be an exciting game. We want young players to be the opposite of nervous. We will put them at ease.
Krawietz, who worked alongside Klopp for 20 years in Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool admitted that the last week had been odd.
‘This was a weird situation, believe me. It was difficult for all of us, âhe said.
âWe had to close the training ground and find solutions like we did in the lockdown thanks to our fantastic athletics department led by Andreas Kornmayer.
Covid outbreak forced Liverpool to temporarily shut down training facilities
âThose who could go out could go for a run. For players who have had to quarantine themselves at home, we’ve given them individual day-to-day programs.
âIt has been a busy week even though we were sitting at home. Cell phones were glowing!
Liverpool beat Shrewsbury at the same FA Cup stadium with a weakened side two years ago and Krawietz doesn’t want Sunday’s side to feel overlooked.
âShrewsbury will be tough because of their quality, you can see they’re well managed, but we still have the idea of ââbeing dominant on the pitch,â he said.
âWe want to win the ball as quickly as possible and play forward and finish situations. The players will be part of a team following our approach to football, being aggressive and of course playing good football. ‘