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Liverpool Echo
Tom Cavilla

'Only one answer' - Jurgen Klopp confirms coronavirus vaccine status of Liverpool squad

Jurgen Klopp has revealed the uptake of booster jabs within the first-team has been positive and is hopeful that all members of the squad will enhance their personal protection against coronavirus.

The Premier League recently announced emergency measures would return for top-flight clubs amid concerns over the omicron variant, meanwhile supporters must now provide proof of their vaccination status or a negative lateral flow test in order to gain stadium access.

It was confirmed on Monday there had been a record 42 positive test among Premier League players over the previous seven days, prompting the decision for Premier League players and club staff to take a lateral flow test every day to get into training ground.

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Klopp has made his stance on the developing situation particularly clear as he argued that being vaccinated is 'a question of solidarity, loyalty and togetherness'.

"I support these new measures," he told reporters at his press conference.

"I'm earlier on the training ground than most of the players. We get tested before we arrive and then go back to the cars.

"When the lateral flow is negative, then we are allowed to enter the training ground. Yesterday we were all negative and we hope it is the same today.

"The vaccination status of the team is quite good. We got boosters for all those who were eligible. For medical reasons, some were not allowed in that moment but will be done in the next few days.

"The rest got the booster a few days ago and hopefully we can do that with the whole team.

"For me, vaccination is a question of solidarity, loyalty and togetherness," suggested Klopp.

"We have all the chance to help not only ourselves but other people as well, by getting vaccinated. There are not two possible answers, there is only one answer: you do it.

"Everyone who is working at the AXA Training Centre is at least double vaccinated and will get a booster as soon as possible."

Asked whether a player's COVID-19 vaccination status could influence Liverpool's thought process in the transfer market, the Reds' boss added: "I didn't think about it. I don't know.

"Who knows what situation the world will be in when we start signing players again, but it's not important at the moment."

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