Peter Krawietz updates on Jurgen Klopp’s return


Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz has revealed that Jurgen Klopp may be back in the dugout for the club’s third round match against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday.

Klopp tested positive for Covid-19 on New Year’s Day and could not preside over Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Anfield on January 2.

Due to the amount of coronavirus cases in the club, Liverpool have not been able to play since that match, and their semi-final in the Carabao Cup with Arsenal was postponed on Thursday. The club’s training facilities were also closed for a few days this week due to these cases.

Krawietz spoke to the press because Klopp was isolated and gave an update on whether Klopp would be in the game this weekend or not.

“We hope so of course. He is fine so far, he is fine but of course the rules are as they are and for this he must do tests as well,” he said (via the club’s website).

Along with Klopp’s return, Liverpool fans will also hope that Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Joel Matip are available on Sunday after their latest positive Covid tests.

While Krawietz refused to provide much information about what Liverpool’s squad will look like, he gave a positive update about Matip.

“Joel Matip was in training again yesterday, but we have to see if he is available,” he said.

Matip can come back on Sunday / Chris Brunskill / Fantasista / GettyImages

Krawietz also shed light on how the players trained while the club’s AXA training center was closed last week.

“Training ground closed and closed means no one can come here, of course,” he continued. “But we try to stay in touch during these times with our players, as we did during the lockdown period a year ago or even longer. We try to use the modern media options to stay in touch, one.

“The other thing is, of course, that there are no groups that can group themselves, it means that everyone is on their own.

“Thanks to our really, really good working athletic department around the team of Andreas Kornmayer, we were able to find solutions for the players. So those who got to go out, they could run outdoors.

“If you are not allowed due to quarantine at home, we tried to work with these players as well, giving them an individual program day by day. That’s how we tried to keep them in shape.”

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