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Liverpool's Thiago Alcántara tests positive for coronavirus

Midfielder Thiago Alcántara is self-isolating after Liverpool announced the Spain international has returned a positive Covid-19 test.

BREAKING NEWS: Liverpool midfielder Thiago tests positive for COVID-19

Recent Liverpool signing Thiago Alcántara has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.

Thiago "in good health", Liverpool say in statement

Thiago missed Monday's 3-1 win over Arsenal and, according to Liverpool, has shown minor symptoms. The club added that the Spain international is "in good health" and that his condition is improving.

First-team doctor Jim Moxon said: "It is the choice of each individual whether they reveal publicly the outcome of a Covid-19 test.

"We have followed all the protocols to the letter and Thiago is OK. He will be self-isolating now as per the guidelines and hopefully he'll be back with us soon."

Midfielder made impressive debut in win at Chelsea

Liverpool completed the capture of Thiago from Bayern on 18 September, the former Barcelona man taking on a new challenge in the Premier League having won the treble with Hansi Flick's German giants last season.

He enjoyed a stellar debut in Liverpool's 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after coming on as a half-time substitute.

Thiago had 75 successful passes, the most by any player to have played a maximum of 45 minutes in a Premier League match since Opta began collecting passing data in 2003.

He is set to miss Liverpool's EFL Cup tie with Arsenal on Thursday and the Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, the last game for Jürgen Klopp's side before the international break.

Spain selection in doubt after positive coronavirus test

His positive test also appears to put Thiago's selection in the squad for Spain's friendly with Portugal and UEFA Nations League games with Switzerland and Ukraine in doubt.

Liverpool will resume their season after that break with a Merseyside derby trip to Everton on 17 October.