Klopp to return to Liverpool dugout vs Shrewsbury

Jurgen Klopp will return to the dugout for Liverpool’s home FA Cup third-round tie against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday.

The Liverpool manager has been isolating after testing positive for coronavirus before last Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea, but the 54-year-old German is now clear to take charge of the match against the League One side.

Klopp met up with the squad at the team hotel on Sunday morning.

Liverpool have been decimated by coronavirus this week, forcing Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal to be postponed and their training ground to be shut down.

Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders, who had taken charge of the team at Stamford Bridge, is still isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Team news: Liverpool’s coronavirus outbreak will impact their side for Sunday’s match.

It was likely a number of fringe players would have featured regardless but with only the academy sides able to train over the last couple of days, the reliance on youngsters is likely to be greater.

That means the likes of Conor Bradley, Tyler Morton, Owen Beck, Kaide Gordon, Max Woltman and Harvey Blair will come into consideration, providing they are not affected by Covid.

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First-teamers Thiago Alcantara (hip) and Divock Origi (knee) have been out for a couple of weeks and are unlikely to be risked but Takumi Minamino could come back after injury.

Shrewsbury’s Daniel Udoh will be given until the last moment to prove his fitness. The nine-goal striker limped out of last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

Fellow forward Tom Bloxham returns from a three-match suspension.

On-loan players Sam Cosgrove and Khanya Leshabela are available while newest temporary addition Saikou Janneh, from Bristol City, could make his debut.

Key stat: Liverpool have faced Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in two previous campaigns, eliminating the Shrews in the fourth round in both 1995-96 and 2019-20, the latter after a replay.

Liverpool’s next fixtures

January 9: Shrewsbury (H) – FA Cup third round

January 13: Arsenal (H) – Carabao Cup

January 16: Brentford (H) – Premier League

January 20: Arsenal (A) – Carabao Cup

January 23: Crystal Palace (A) – Premier League, live on Sky Sports

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