Liverpool make decision on training ground after COVID outbreak as players return

Liverpool will reopen the AXA training center in Kirkby today as they speed up preparations for Sunday’s FA Cup third round match with Shrewsbury.

The club made the decision on Wednesday, working with public health authorities, to close the training ground following a COVID outbreak after a significant number of players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Reds had been forced to cancel their 4 p.m. training session on Tuesday before a request was made to the EFL to postpone Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final with Arsenal, which was granted on the following day.

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Now available players and coaching staff will return to training this afternoon as Liverpool return to work ahead of League 1’s Shrewsbury visit on Sunday.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and deputy manager Pep Lijnders will not be in attendance, the two continuing to self-isolate after positive coronavirus tests.

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Instead, the session will be chaired by Peter Krawietz, with the deputy director also in charge of media functions for Saturday’s pre-match conference.

Condition permitting, Liverpool could potentially call on at least six senior players on Sunday to Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip, all of whom returned from periods of isolation after being tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Academy section of the Kirkby complex is unaffected by the young players, some of whom could be involved on Sunday, continuing to train despite the postponement of Friday’s FA Youth Cup against Burnley.

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Richard V. Johnson