Xherdan Shaqiri has becomes the third Liverpool star to test positive for coronavirus, the Switzerland Football Association has confirmed.
The 28-year-old’s team-mates, Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane, are already self-isolating after it was confirmed last week that the pair had contracted the disease.
Shaqiri has featured only once for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup last month, and was not included in the squad for Sunday’s match at Aston Villa where the champions suffered a humiliating 7-2 defeat.
The overwhelming majority of Klopp’s squad have now joined up with their national teams and with so much travel and mixing involved, the probability of more positive tests will no doubt increase.
Klopp voiced his concerns last Friday and fears his players are being subjected to an unmanageable workload.
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He said: ‘Yes, I am slightly concerned. It’s difficult to get in contact with all FAs all over the world,” said Klopp. “I understand 100 per cent the demands on FAs, Uefa and Fifa. I know how difficult the situation is for everybody but it’s not exactly perfect.
‘As a football club it’s pretty often you are pretty alone in these moments. We send the players away, the Premier League and the TV broadcasters give us a challenge a lot because they just don’t care if our players play on Wednesday night in Peru, for example.
‘As a club you have to make sure you bring the players home in the quickest and most safe way because nobody helps you.
‘Then they arrive on Friday, we see if we can make a (coronavirus) test, and then we don’t get the result until the Saturday.
‘It’s really tricky. We try everything to make it right and safe as possible, but from time to time a little more help would not be bad.’