Trent Alexander-Arnold tests positive for Covid-19

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Liverpool have confirmed that right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Sunday’s FA Cup match in the third round at home to Shrewsbury Town.

The Reds take on the League One team at Anfield with an impoverished squad. Liverpool’s Carabao Cup trip to Arsenal on Thursday was postponed due to a Covid-19 outburst at the training ground, but they have managed to put together a team to face Shrewsbury.

However, Liverpool have revealed that Alexander-Arnold will not play any role as he gave a positive test shortly after their 2-2 draw against Chelsea last week.

The Merseyside club threw away a two-goal lead at Stamford Bridge, even though the England right-back took a nice assist to Mohamed Salah.

Alexander-Arnold is expected to return to training in a few days and can make a comeback against Arsenal next Thursday – Liverpool will now be at home in the first part of the semi-final after this week’s cancellation.

Liverpool made the trip to Chelsea without Jurgen Klopp after testing positive for Covid-19 before the match, but return to the site of the visit of Shrewsbury in a big boost for the Reds.

Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino are back on the bench after attacks by Covid, but goalkeeper Alisson has been left out of the squad.

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