Liverpool will be without their boss when they visit Chelsea for a massive clash on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Jurgen Klopp has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation with mild symptoms.
Jürgen Klopp will miss our meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive COVID-19 test result.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 1, 2022
The German isn't the only one in the Reds camp dealing with the virus, either. Three other coaches have tested positive, along with another three players. Nonetheless, Liverpool hasn't asked for this fixture to be postponed as they do have more than enough players available to suit up.
The virus is ripping its way across the Premier League currently, with a total of 18 matches being called off due to COVID-19. The Merseysiders' Boxing Day encounter with Leeds was postponed due to an outbreak with Marcelo Bielsa's side.
With Klopp unavailable on Sunday, assistant Pep Lijnders will step in and cover the managerial duties. This is a very important game for both Chelsea and Liverpool, with the Blues a mere one point ahead of the Reds at the moment. Following Man City's thrilling victory over Arsenal on Saturday, they're now 11 points clear at the top of the table. Liverpool is coming off a disappointing defeat to Leicester mid-week, while the Blues played to a 1-1 draw with Brighton.
Sunday should be a very entertaining fixture, but Klopp will, unfortunately, be watching from home.