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Liverpool temporarily close training ground as COVID-19 cases rise

Liverpool
said they took the decision after the latest round of COVID-19 tests, with
assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders among those suspected of having the novel
coronavirus.

Lijnders
took charge of the team in Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Chelsea at
Stamford Bridge, when manager Juergen Klopp was isolating after a positive
COVID-19 test.

“The
decision was made after consultation with the relevant Public Health
authority,” Liverpool said in a statement.

Liverpool
asked the English Football League on Tuesday to reschedule Thursday’s match
against Arsenal because of the rise in COVID-19 cases at the club.

Alisson
Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip returned positive tests on Sunday.
Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Curtis Jones were forced into
isolation last month.

The United
Kingdom reported 218,724 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a new record for the
number of cases reported on a single day in Britain.

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