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“Even without symptoms” – Klopp blames Covid for sluggish Liverpool display

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After naming his most senior side for the League Cup clash with Arsenal at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp was left blaming the effects of symptomless COVID-19 for a 0-0 draw.

This time, however, it seems bizarre to blame that performance on a Covid hangover, particularly given the players in reserve.



And speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the manager blamed the hangover from Covid – for most players, asymptomatic – for Liverpool’s sluggish display.



The Reds were without eight first-team players due to positive Covid tests at the weekend, with a mix of youth and experience earning a 4-1 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.



It backfired on Klopp, with Alexander-Arnold among those to particularly struggle – failing to create a chance and recording the third-lowest passing accuracy of any starter – against a 10-man Arsenal side.

Alisson made his first appearance since December 28 after a genuine case of his own, while Trent Alexander-Arnold was back following a seven-day quarantine and two days in training.

Klopp is often criticised by rival supporters for his comments after games, with many pointing out ‘moans’ and ‘excuses’, and typically these are wide of the mark.
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