Liverpool have confirmed that Thiago Alcantara tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday night.
The former Bayern Munich man, who arrived at Anfield earlier this month, missed Liverpool’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Arsenal on Monday.
The absence of a world-class midfielder followed speculation about his form after he was filmed training with Jurgen Klopp’s team on Friday.
Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has now wished the Spanish national a “quick recovery”
He said: “Health and family are the most important things in life after football.
“We wish him a speedy recovery, but I wish everyone who is struggling with this virus a speedy recovery and I hope everything goes well.
“We decided from the beginning of the pandemic that we would not make any comments about individuals or their situation, so we will keep it as a club.”
Lenders also praised the structure Liverpool has to contain the virus and immediately stop it from spreading to other players and club staff if anyone becomes infected.
“A big compliment to our structure is that we run Premier League tests, and we also do private tests,” he said, when asked if he was convinced that no one else had contracted the virus and that it had not spread to the rest of the world. the red team.
“The most important thing is to maintain discipline and test as soon as something happens. Everything is fine.”
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Liverpool have clearly followed the necessary protocols and Tiago has already begun a 10-day period of self-isolation.
The club said the 29-year-old was “showing minor symptoms of the virus” but was “in good health and improving”.
Tiago will not be available for Liverpool’s next two games – the draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup against Arsenal at Anfield on Thursday (October 1st) and the Premier League match at Aston Villa on Sunday (October 4th).
Then comes the international holiday and hopefully he can return for the trip to Everton on Saturday, October 17th.
Jürgen Klopp confirmed after winning the Carabao Cup on Monday that Tiago will miss the next few matches.
“After the international holiday, he will be fine,” said the head of the “reds”. “Certainly that’s the situation right now.”