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Liverpool have suffered a major setback ahead of their game against Newcastle United this evening after three players were pulled from the squad with suspected positive Covid-19 tests.
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones have left the Liverpool camp and are now isolating as the entire Reds’ set-up, including all players and staff, were tested for the virus again.
Thankfully for Jurgen Klopp, no further positive cases were identified.
The clash against Newcastle will go ahead as planned, despite numerous Premier League fixtures being postponed due to outbreaks of the virus this week.
Liverpool chose not to appeal for the game to be called off as they feel they have the situation under control.
Four top-flight fixtures have been postponed this weekend due to Covid-19 as the league faces a period of uncertainty heading into Christmas.
West Ham vs Norwich, Everton vs Leicester, Southampton vs Brentford and Watford vs Crystal Palace have all been postponed, while Manchester United vs Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester were both called off today.
It follows postponements of United's match against Brentford on Tuesday and last Saturday's clash between Tottenham and Brighton.
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In a statement today, the Premier League said: "It is with regret that the Premier League Board has postponed a further four matches due to be played this weekend.
"Earlier today we announced that Manchester United’s fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday has also been called off.
"The League understands fans will be disappointed these matches have had to be postponed and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused. All other fixtures due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.
"The Board has agreed to postpone the matches after assessing individual club requests this evening."
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