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Naby Keita tests positive for coronavirus as Liverpool suffer another Covid blow

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Naby Keita is the latest Liverpool player to return a positive coronavirus test.

The Reds midfielder picked up the virus while on international duty and is the third player from the squad to test positive in quick succession.

Keita's positive test follows on from Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane, who both picked up the virus.

On top of the tests, Liverpool are also without goalkeeper Alisson through an injury which he picked up on the training ground.

It creates a selection headache for manager Jurgen Klopp for the first game back after the international break, where they take on Merseyside rivals and current Premier League leaders Everton.

Further frustration will be raised at the fact a busier international break was squeezed in amongst the backdrop of the pandemic.

Keita has been a key cog to the Liverpool side this season, featuring in every single Premier League fixture so far.

But now he will self-isolate before he is allowed to return to action – meaning Klopp will have to rotate his midfield.

Changes were likely to come regardless, following the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa last weekend, but Klopp will have been desperate for a full quota of players to pick from.

The good news is that both Thiago and Mane are expected to be back in action following their quarantine periods.

Their involvement will depend on a negative test from the latest round of Premier League testing, before action resumes next weekend.

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