Fans ridicule Liverpool after Klopp said squad had just one Covid case

‘It’s the Klopp variant… detected only ahead of a big game’: Fans ridicule Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp revealed the squad only had ONE positive Covid case – despite their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg being called off because of an ‘outbreak’

  • The EFL is under pressure to investigate Liverpool’s ‘false positive’ Covid tests
  • The Reds’ Carabao Cup semi-final first leg vs Arsenal last week was postponed 
  • Manager Jurgen Klopp and several players went into isolation after positive tests
  • However, Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only player to actually test positive
  • Experts believe that around one in 3,000 lateral flow tests brings a false positive 
  • Fans have lambasted Liverpool on social media after Klopp’s revelation

Fans online have ridiculed Jurgen Klopp’s revelation of numerous Covid false positives in the Liverpool squad which resulted in the postponement of last week’s Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal. 

The EFL is under pressure to investigate why Reds stars who tested positive were later found out to be negative, and if the club knew before last Thursday’s semi-final first leg was postponed on Wednesday. 

The UK Health Security Agency said the ‘vast majority’ of people with a positive lateral flow result can be confident they have the virus because case rates are so high – but experts admit that around one in 3,000 tests brings a false positive. 

Liverpool closed their Kirkby training centre and the club said a ‘severe outbreak’ at the club meant they could not field a team against the Gunners the following night. 

It has since emerged that right back Trent Alexander Arnold was the only player to actually test positive for Covid.   

Yet after Liverpool beat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Sunday – with Klopp back on the touchline after his period of isolation – the Reds manager said the ‘outbreak’ was actually ‘lots of false positives’. 

Opposition fans have not missed the opportunity to scrutinise those comments, with one saying: ‘BREAKING NEWS – new COVID variant discovered. The Klopp variant which only shows symptoms depending on the strength of your next opponents.’


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been ridiculed from fans after his false positives revelation 

Users on social media have questioned the Reds manager and his comments on Sunday 

Trent Alexander Arnold was the only Liverpool player to actually test positive for Covid

Another said: ‘There’s something so fishy about the Liverpool postponement stuff. 

‘False positives are so so rare on there own let alone having multiple of them in the same week.’

A Manchester City fan page stated: ‘Let me get it right, Liverpool claimed they had positive COVID cases among several players and staff members – including Klopp and his assistant – only for it to turn out that Alexander-Arnold was the only one who had a real positive test? 

‘This needs to be investigated ASAP.’ 

Lastly, one more fan showed the likelihood of probability: ‘Chances of winning the EuroMillions Jackpot: 0.000000715112%. Chances of receiving five “False Positive” COVID Tests: 0.000000000000003%

‘Klopp tried to claim 10 Liverpool players had false positives today.’  

Lateral flow tests may be less effective at detecting Omicron even when people are at their most infectious, a US real-world study found last week. 

Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal last Thursday was postponed due to the club’s ‘severe outbreak’ 

HOW ACCURATE ARE LATERAL FLOW TESTS IN SPOTTING OMICRON? 

The UK Health Security Agency said the ‘vast majority’ of people with a positive lateral flow result can be confident they have the virus because case rates are so high – but experts admit that around one in 3,000 tests brings a false positive. 

Yet lateral flow tests may be less effective at detecting Omicron even when people are at their most infectious, a US real-world study has found.

Researchers at the US Covid Sports and Society Workgroup examined lateral flow and PCR tests results from 30 people working in offices where there had been an Omicron outbreak in December.

It took an average of three days longer for people to test positive on a lateral flow test — which give results in as little as 15 minutes — after their infection had already been confirmed on a PCR test, they found. 

It is not clear whether the results simply support previous findings that PCR tests are inherently more sensitive, or if the lateral flow tests are less accurate at detecting Omicron. 

Neither of the lateral flow tests brands examined — Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue — are used in the UK.

Any Liverpool player with a false positive result was still unavailable for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Shrewsbury. 

Klopp named four teenagers in his starting line-up with came from behind to win 4-1. 

‘This was the team we could line up with today and the boys did really well,’ said the Reds boss said after the win on Sunday at Anfield. 

‘We had last week a proper outbreak and it showed up that we had a lot of false positives but the rules are like they are so all these players who are false positives couldn’t play.

‘The only real positive came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and all the rest were false positives.’ 

After extensive talks, the EFL agreed to postpone the tie but Liverpool had to give up home advantage in the second leg.

The first leg is now set for Anfield on Thursday, January 13 with the second leg seven days later at the Emirates.

A US real-world study found last week that lateral flow tests may be less effective at detecting Omicron even when people are at their most infectious, a US study found last week. 

Researchers at the US Covid Sports and Society Workgroup examined lateral flow and PCR tests results from 30 people working in offices where there had been an Omicron outbreak in December.

It took an average of three days longer for people to test positive on a lateral flow test — which give results in as little as 15 minutes — after their infection had already been confirmed on a PCR test, they found. 

It is not clear whether the results simply support previous findings that PCR tests are inherently more sensitive, or if the lateral flow tests are less accurate at detecting Omicron.  

Klopp named four teenagers in his line-up vs Shrewsbury due to the false positive results

Neither of the lateral flow tests brands examined — Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue — are used in the UK. 

And British health chiefs have insisted the swabs dished out across the country can spot Omicron just as well as they can detect other variants. 

But their US counterparts warned last week that early evidence suggests they are less sensitive to the mutant strain — meaning they may incorrectly tell more people they are not infected with Omicron compared to the number of false negatives they dished out for other strains. 




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