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Liverpool will be hoping to have manager Jurgen Klopp back in the dugout for this match, which comes eight days after his positive coronavirus test forced him to miss the engrossing 2-2 draw with Chelsea last Sunday.
With assistant boss Pep Lijnders also subsequently testing positive, Peter Krawietz will take training, conduct media duties and potentially even replace Klopp at Anfield on Sunday should the German fail to provide a negative test.
The COVID-19 issues at Liverpool are beginning to ease, though; in addition to Klopp, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip have had the virus but will have passed the required isolation period by the time Sunday comes around.
The club’s training ground also reopened on Friday after being closed for a couple of days to contain the outbreak, which forced Thursday’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal to be postponed until later this month.
All of that means that Liverpool have had a week to recover from the frenetic draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a result which saw both of Manchester City’s closest challengers lose more ground in the Premier League title race.
Liverpool’s teamsheet for this match is more likely to be conspicuous due to who is missing, rather than who is selected, but it is sure to be an under-strength XI which takes to the field.
Salah, Mane and Keita are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations, while the identities of exactly which players were affected by the latest COVID outbreak within the camp remain unknown.
As previously mentioned, Alisson, Firmino and Matip should all be available as far as quarantine rules are concerned, although whether any of those start at Anfield is a different question.
Unconfirmed reports have suggested that Liverpool’s goalkeepers were hit particularly hard by this week’s outbreak, which could either force Alisson into playing or open the door for forgotten man Loris Karius to make his first appearance for the club since the 2018 Champions League final.
Nat Phillips, Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott remain sidelined through injury, while there are also doubts over the fitness of Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi, both of whom could be in line to feature if they are available.
Andrew Robertson has now completed his three-match ban and so is free to return, but the starting XI is expected to be mostly fringe players and youngsters.
Shrewsbury have a relatively clean bill of health by comparison, and they will be boosted by the return of Tom Bloxham from a three-match suspension.
Daniel Udoh is a doubt after coming off just before half time against Sheffield Wednesday, but Aaron Pierre did return off the bench in that game and could start here.
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The winner against Wednesday was scored by former Everton man Matthew Pennington, who will be hoping to repeat the feat as he comes back to Merseyside.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Bradley, Gomez, Konate, Robertson; Jones, Morton, Milner; Gordon, Firmino, Minamino
Shrewsbury Town possible starting lineup:
Marosi; Pennington, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Bennett, Vela, Davis, Leahy; Whalley; Bowman, Bloxham