Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Cardiff City on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Merseyside club confirmed ahead of the game at Anfield that the players tested positive “recently” but both have already completed the required isolation period and are able to resume training.
However, neither have had enough time to prepare for the clash with the Championship side.
New signing Luis Diaz does make the squad and starts on the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s men, along with the returning Harvey Elliott.
It is a particular blow to Gomez, who was expected to feature having only made 12 appearances this season, eight of which have come from the bench after recovering from a tendon injury in his left knee suffered in November 2020 that ruled him out for the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a run in the side on the right of Liverpool’s attack while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, scoring in wins against Brentford and Crystal Palace. Takumi Minamino replaces the former Arsenal man.
Diaz makes the bench after completing a move to the Reds from Porto last week, while Elliott returns to the squad for the first time since dislocating his ankle in the win against Leeds United in September.