Klopp wants players to reveal when they have Covid and says Liverpool squad is all double-vaccinated

LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has called on clubs to be more 'open' when it comes to revealing which of their players have tested positive for coronavirus.

The German gaffer, 54, has spoken of the rise in Covid cases as he declared that his squad are double vaccinated against the deadly bug.

From Wednesday, football fans must show a Covid vaccine passport or proof of a negative lateral flow or PCR test in order to attend Premier League matches.

And Klopp – whose comments came before Burnley was called off just hours ahead of kick-off – has discussed the importance of the Premier League vaccination programme.

Speaking of the recent crackdown on the rise in positive tests among footballers, he said: "I support new measures, absolutely. We get tested every day and before the games, absolutely fine.

"I'm here earlier than most of the players, tested before we arrive and then back to the cars. When lateral flows are negative, we are allowed to enter. 

"Yesterday we all were and we hope that is the case for today. We are like the whole world, concerned about it, absolutely. We do what we can."

He added: "The whole vaccination thing for me is a question of solidarity, loyalty and togetherness.

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"Everyone working at the training ground is at least double-vaccinated and will get the booster as soon as possible."

A number of clubs – including Liverpool's opponents on Sunday in Tottenham – have been hit by a Covid outbreak.

But the names of the individuals that tested positive have not been released, leading Klopp to urge teams to disclose those who have contracted the virus.

He remarked: "I don't understand why we are not more open. If I catch it, I hope I don't, I will say I have Covid. I don't understand why we hide players (who have Covid)."

Klopp continued: "When we play Spurs on Sunday we have no idea who is able to play or not.

"It's different to usual preparation, but it shows the info on who has Covid could be different. 

"I'm not sure if it's possible from a legal point of view. I don't think people should hide it. That's why I think a bit more transparency would be helpful."

The Red Devils returned to training on Wednesday after their clash against Brentford was called off due to Covid.

Meanwhile Aston Villa had a scare recently as the club had positive tests in their camp, leading them to close their Bodymoor Heath training facility over the weekend.

And Arsenal have had to ramp up their Covid protocols after a small number of staff members at their London Colney training ground tested positive.

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