Jurgen Klopp’s stance on Premier League two-week covid ‘circuit breaker’

Jurgen Klopp has ordered the Premier League to keep playing through the COVID crisis – because football gives the nation a distraction.

The Liverpool boss is not backing calls for a circuit breaking pause after a rise in virus cases at clubs, and games being postponed.

Klopp reckons playing on safely, is best for society, as lockdown rules increase around the country.

The latest round of testing found 18 players or staff had coronavirus, and Fulham requested their clash against Spurs on Wednesday be called off after an outbreak.

Manchester City have also lost players and had their game against Everton postponed.

But Klopp said: “I am not a specialist. We all try to do our best to keep the competition going. I think it works well.

“I think everybody. . we knew before that the winter would probably be a second wave. On top of that for us, society, Christmas. . It is a challenge when it is about self isolation so I am not surprised that the numbers go up.

“But in football, as well, the numbers have gone up slightly. It is understandable but we try to do everything to keep the boys as safe as possible and I think the competition can go on.

“It is important, as well. People want to watch it and in this case, we are not part of society.

“Usually we isolate, we go to the training ground and stuff like that so I think we really can carry on but I am not a specialist and I respect all the decisions made in the next few weeks.”

Klopp has Virgil Van Dijk training on an exercise bike after his knee injury. Asked if he was making progress he said: “Good, very good but still a long way to go. It is this type of injury.

“I can be happy when I see these videos because it shows we make good progress but it will still take a lot of time. I would like to say something else but these are the facts.”

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