Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk has assured Liverpool fans that he will return to the club “strong and ready” following a positive Covid-19 test.

The Dutchman has been an ever-present for the Reds thus far this season, but he tested positive for Covid prior to his side’s win over Newcastle United.

Along with Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones of the Reds have entered a period of self-isolation following positive virus tests.

Taking to social media after the game, Van Dijk wrote: “Well done boys! Frustrating to have recorded a positive test before the game but I will be back strong and ready ASAP! Stay safe everyone.”

Despite the absence of Van Dijk and his teammates, the Reds came from behind on Thursday night to claim all three points at Anfield.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes, but Diogo Jota equalized 14 minutes later. Mohamed Salah then continued his fine form by putting his side ahead four minutes after Jota’s equalizer, before Trent Alexander-Arnold sealed all three points three minutes from time with a thunderbolt.

What Klopp said:

Speaking on the positive tests in his squad, Jurgen Klopp said after the game: “We hope, we hope. Yeah, the situation is difficult for us, for the whole world, that’s how it is.

“We pretty much woke up this morning and had three positive cases. So the process we follow now at the training ground is that before we enter the training ground, we do a lateral flow test and then go back in the car, and then we wait for the result.

“And in these moments we had three positive tests, which is obviously not too cool, and we wait obviously for confirmation because there is still the possibility of false positive.

“But for today we couldn’t wait for that and we had to make the decision, send the boys home. So there were three players out, two of them would have started obviously today – it was, of course, not a reason to cancel the game tonight or to even ask for it, but we will see how it now develops.

“This virus is now around us so long that it’s not really likely that it will stay at three, [but] the boys don’t have a lot of spare time to go where they could pick it.

“All of them are vaccinated – they had already the booster – and it still can happen, that’s just how it is.

“But we have a really, really good chance that the boys get through it now without proper symptoms. So far, they don’t have any symptoms – they were more surprised than us that they had it but that’s what you have to accept and that’s what we do. Hopefully, they are quickly back again.”

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