Jurgen Klopp returns following a period of isolation after testing positive for coronavirus before last Sunday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea; Trent Alexander-Arnold misses out after suspected positive Covid-19 test
Sunday 9 January 2022 17:15, UK
Jurgen Klopp returned to the dugout for Liverpool's home FA Cup third-round tie against Shrewsbury Town after recovering from coronavirus, while Trent Alexander-Arnold missed the game due to a suspected positive test.
The Liverpool manager had been isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 before last Sunday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea, but the 54-year-old German was cleared to take charge of the match against the League One side.
Klopp met up with the squad at the team hotel on Sunday morning.
He told LFC TV: "It was a very strange week, but I am very well, thank you. It was three days with kind of cold symptoms.
"I've never stayed at home with these kind of things, but it's fine - I had to so I stayed home.
"Now for around three to four hours, I am back on duty. It has been a really strange week but I am overly excited, so it is all good."
Liverpool have been decimated by coronavirus this week, forcing Thursday's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal to be postponed and their training ground to be shut down.
Klopp's assistant Pep Lijnders, who had taken charge of the team at Stamford Bridge, is still isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
Trent Alexander-Arnold missed out on selection after testing positive following last week's draw at Chelsea but the right-back is expected to resume training in the coming days.
He becomes the latest Liverpool player to miss a match due to a positive test, after Allison, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip were all absent for last week's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
The 23-year-old England international could be in line to return for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Thursday, which is live on Sky Sports Football.
January 9: Shrewsbury (H) - FA Cup third round
January 13: Arsenal (H) - Carabao Cup
January 16: Brentford (H) - Premier League
January 20: Arsenal (A) - Carabao Cup
January 23: Crystal Palace (A) - Premier League, live on Sky Sports
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