Liverpool’s pre-season tour plan after Austria added to UK quarantine list

Liverpool have escaped a 14-day quarantine which would have forced them to abandon the Community Shield.

The Reds are currently at a training camp in Austria, which was placed on the UK Government’s quarantine list at short notice on Thursday evening.

That would have given them until 4am on Saturday morning to leave the country or face the mandatory quarantine.

But because boss Jurgen Klopp has arranged two friendly matches in Salzburg, where they are staying in a mountain retreat just outside the city, they are able to apply for an exemption through the FA.

Government rules state that elite athletes can travel to play matches and be exempt from the mandatory quarantine, by applying through the sporting body, if they maintain an isolation bubble, which Liverpool have done.

Klopp’s side face Stuttgart on Saturday, and then will play Red Bull Salzburg at their stadium in the city, where the Austrian club have announced they will allow a small number of fans – around 1,500 – to attend, on Tuesday.



Klopp’s men will remain in Austria until after their meeting with Salzburg

The champions will then fly back to Merseyside to prepare for the Community Shield at Wembley against Arsenal, on August 29.

Klopp’s men have already had to change their pre-season plans once this summer, having initially been due to head to Evian in France.

However, they found themselves instead heading to Austria after France was moved onto the UK’s quarantine list last week.



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The champions discovered on Thursday that they will kickoff the Premier League season next month against Leeds United.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Championship winners will head to Anfield on the opening weekend before also meeting title rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City – along with neighbours Everton – in their first eight matches.

Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says: “Tough fixtures but we just have to get good results.

“My first season when I came here it was also a tough start with three away games because the stadium was not ready.

“This is quite similar, we just have to deal with the situation, we have to be fit to play our high-intensity football.”

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