Liverpool provide Covid-19 update as assistant manager talks January transfer window

All the key information for Liverpool’s final press conference ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury.

Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz spoke to the media ahead of the FA Cup third round tie with Shrewsbury at Anfield (2pm).

Krawietz was on duty with boss Jurgen Klopp and his assistant, Pep Lijnders, currently in self-isolation after contracting Covid-19.

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Here are the main talking points from the press conference.

Covid issues

Liverpool have had well-documented problems following a coronavirus outbreak this week.

Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip missed last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea after testing positive in solitary confinement.

Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker. Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The Reds were forced to close their Kirkby-based training ground for several days due to a number of cases.

Their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal on Thursday was also postponed due to a worn-out squad.

Krawietz could not give an exact number of players who may not be available against Shrewsbury – although Matip is back in training.

He said: “I can’t give you exact numbers, but the situation is obviously the same for tomorrow’s game.

“We have a team, we have a team and we will try to win this game.

“It’s a difficult situation there. We had a few injuries, illnesses, cases of Covid. This is the situation we have to face.

“We are still expecting some results also with players who are not here today. They must take their test before they can join the building.

“That’s why I can’t give exact numbers.

“I can’t talk about names. Joel Matip joined training yesterday but we have to see if he is available or not.

Klopp’s return

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on December 28, 2021 in Leicester, England.

Klopp was also absent from the touchline in Chelsea’s draw.

It is hoped that he will be back in the dugout tomorrow, but that depends on the results of his Covid test.

Krawietz said: “We sure hope so. He’s been fine so far, he’s feeling good.

“For that, he also has to do some tests and we hope he will be fine tomorrow.”

January Packages

The January transfer window has now been open for a week, but Liverpool are yet to sign anyone.

This has apparently been the plan from the start despite the departure of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Given the number of Covid cases, some fans would like to see Liverpool boost their numbers.

Krawietz insists there will be discussions if the Reds feel they need reinforcements before the window closes.

“Of course it’s a long-term club decision but we take the situation as it is,” he said.

“We already knew the situation, especially the African players who were to play in the tournament – I hope it will be a success.

“The Covid situation is as it is. If it is necessary to react on the transfer market, it is a decision of the club but it must be discussed.”

Selection Board

Given the number of Covid cases, Liverpool appear ready to call up some of their Under-23 and Under-18 players.

Krawietz explained that will be the case although there have been cases of coronavirus among the under-23s.

He said yes. In the under 23s, we have a few cases of Covid, a few are back now and can join the workforce.

“We will choose a team that can play good football. We want to play a good game tomorrow, that’s the idea, following our ideas of defense and good attacking football.

“Then we will see what the result will be.

“I hope excitement is the right word. I’m looking forward to this game. I hope they can’t wait for the game to start and that’s the opposite of being nervous.

“We try to make them as confident as possible and focused as they should be. That’s how we try to prepare them.

“In football, it’s always like that. It’s not about avoiding mistakes, it’s about reacting to mistakes.

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