Shaqiri becomes third Liverpool star to test positive for coronavirus

Xherdan Shaqiri has tested positive for the coronavirus – becoming the third Liverpool player to contract the disease in a week.

Shaqiri joins Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara in self-isolation after the Senegalese and the summer signing from Bayern Munich tested positive last week.

The Swiss FA confirmed the midfielder has Covid-19 in a statement.

"Xherdan Shaqiri has tested positive for Covid-19," read the statement. "In consultation with the health authorities, he is in isolation. Clarifications are currently underway with the local health authorities about how to proceed."

Switzerland are set to play Croatia in a friendly on Wednesday. They will then take on Spain on Saturday and Germany next Tuesday in the Nations League.

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Shaqiri will play no part in any of these matches.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently revealed his concerns following Mane's positive test, suggesting international football could worsen the problem.

"Yes, I am slightly concerned. It's difficult to get in contact with all FAs all over the world," said Klopp. "I understand 100 per cent the demands on FAs, Uefa and Fifa. I know how difficult the situation is for everybody but it's not exactly perfect.

"As a football club it's pretty often you are pretty alone in these moments.

"We send the players away, the Premier League and the TV broadcasters give us a challenge a lot because they just don't care if our players play on Wednesday night in Peru, for example.

"They still think it's a good idea to let us play on Saturday pretty early. Supporters at other clubs say I moan constantly, but I don't moan. I know it's difficult.

"As a club you have to make sure you bring the players home in the quickest and most safe way because nobody helps you.

"Then they arrive on Friday, we see if we can make a (coronavirus) test, and then we don't get the result until the Saturday.

"It's really tricky. We try everything to make it right and safe as possible, but from time to time a little more help would not be bad."

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