Liverpool have been handed a fresh Covid-19 concern after Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed his striker Danny Ings may have been contagious when playing against Jurgen Klopp’s side earlier this month.
The Saints forward, who used to play for Liverpool, will miss his side’s game against Leicester City this weekend after testing positive for the virus.
His last game was against his former side, scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory at St Mary’s on January 4.
Whilst Southampton have had no further positive cases, Hasenhuttl confirmed the Hampshire Live that the 28-year-old may have been contagious during the game.
He said: “Danny Ings is out now. He is in self-isolation. This is not good.
“He may have been contagious against Liverpool but we have had no other positives since.”
Liverpool have not reported any positive tests themselves and all players, apart from the injured Joel Matip and Naby Keita, were present at training yesterday ahead of Sunday’s big game against Manchester United.
Yet, with the virus having a gestation period, Hasenhuttl’s admission may spark concerns at Anfield.
Doctors have previously confirmed that the risk of catching the virus from opposition players is low, due to the belief that infection is most likely spread through contact of around 15 minutes or more with an infected person, whilst analysis of previous matches have shown there to be an average of less than five minutes of contact.
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Manchester United secured a vital 1-0 victory over Burnley on Tuesday night to go top of the Premier League.
Paul Pogba scored the decisive goal in a hard-fought contest at Turf Moor, meaning United are now three points clear of Liverpool — who they face this weekend at Anfield.
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Yet the recent development of a new, more contagious strain of the virus has increased fears that it may be more easily spread through football.
This has led to the government expressing frustration over players breaking social distancing rules when celebrating with each other.
The Premier League have now reminded clubs of the responsibility to socially distance in changing rooms and on the pitch in order to avoid unnecessary contact with each other.