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CORONAVIRUS

Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara tests positive for coronavirus

Club reveal midfielder is currently in self-isolation

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 29-year-old, who joined from Bayern Munich this month, is currently in self-isolation.

A Liverpool statement read: "Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines.

"The club has, and will continue to follow, all protocols relating to Covid-19 and Thiago will remain in self-isolation for the required period of time."

Thiago made his debut for the Reds in their 2-0 Premier League win at Chelsea. However, he missed Monday's 3-1 victory against Arsenal. Manager Jurgen Klopp said he was not fit enough.

"After the international break, he will be fine," the German manager told Sky Sports.

"For sure and that's the situation at the moment, he isn't fit enough to be available tonight and that's it."

Thiago signed for a reported £20million ($25m), rising to £25m, after seven years at Bayern, where he won seven league titles.

His final game for the Germans was their 1-0 Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain in August.

He is now set to miss Thursday's League Cup visit of Arsenal and Sunday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa but could be available for the Merseyside derby at Everton on October 17.

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