Southampton dealt a hit before Liverpool clash when a key man tests positive for Covid-19

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Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will miss Monday’s Premier League game against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus, the club announced.

McCarthy was the only Saints player or staff member to test positive after the last round of testing and is now isolated.

The club posted on Twitter: “Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Alex McCarthy will miss the match against Liverpool following a positive test for Covid-19.

“McCarthy currently isolates himself at home, in accordance with government guidelines and club protocols.”

McCarthy, in his fifth season at St Mary’s after joining from Crystal Palace, has started all 16 top flight games this season and has kept seven clean sheets.

Fraser Forster is likely to take his place on Monday.

Hasenhuttl hopes to return

Saints head coach Hasenhuttl hopes to return to the bench for the champions’ visit after a period of isolation after recently testing positive.

Hasenhuttl missed his team’s goalless draw at home against West Ham last Tuesday.

He said of his recent absence: “It’s definitely different if you’re not on the bench. But a good team doesn’t need a manager all the time, and now we have a good team.

“It is definitely a team that knows what it has to do. It is more important to use the time before the game to prepare them perfectly and we definitely did a good job in the last 48 hours, and this was the reason why they were well organized.

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