New Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for coronavirus and has been forced to self-isolate.
The 29-year-old only recently joined the club in a bargain £20m deal from German giants Bayern Munich.
A Liverpool statement read: “Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines.
“The club has, and will continue to follow, all protocols relating to Covid-19. Thiago will remain in self-isolation for the required period of time.”
“After the international break, he will be fine,” the German told Sky Sports.
“For sure and that’s the situation at the moment, he isn’t fit enough to be available tonight and that’s it.”
The Reds are currently without injured skipper Jordan Henderson. But they do have a raft of central midfield options to call on in the absence of the duo.
Brewster in Blades talks
Liverpool have reportedly allowed Sheffield United to begin discussing personal terms with Rhian Brewster as they await an improved Blades bid for the striker.
United boss Chris Wilder has made clear his desire to sign a new striker. Indeed Wilder’s side, who sit 19th in the Premier League, are yet to score a goal.
Brewster has remained a top target for the Blades, who look likely to stave off interest from Crystal Palace. The 20-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield due to Diogo Jota’s arrival.
Previous reports suggested United have submitted a £17million offer for Brewster, but that Liverpool want more.