Liverpool News: Lijnders gives the latest fitness information on Van Dijk, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago and more

Virgil van Dijk stays home after testing positive for Covid (Photo: Getty Images)

Liverpool remain without their quartet of players suffering from Covid, although Jordan Henderson is pushing for a return to the squad after less serious illness.

The reds attack each other Leicester City in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night and will be without Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Curtis Jones who have all tested positive for Covid-19.

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders was speaking ahead of the Foxes meeting and couldn’t guarantee when they would be back, saying the club will take their time and treat each individual according to their reaction.

“It’s still the same for Virgil, Fabinho, Thiago and Curtis Jones of course not in the building, they are at home,” Lijnders said on Tuesday.

“I have to say, I’m just praying for everyone who has to go to the hospital. We are young and healthy and hope we don’t have to make this trip.

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Thiago Alcantara will not appear on Wednesday (Photo: Getty Images)

“These are the times when we also have to think about these people, health always comes first.

“This is what we will do with our people as well, we will not rush them, we will take our time. This virus is really unpredictable, you have to see how everyone, if they fall ill, has real symptoms… we are not going to rush them, take our time, that’s the most important.

Jordan Henderson missed the 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday and is back in training after a “big cold”, but it is not clear whether he will be involved on Wednesday or not.

“Jordan is Jordan, a cold yesterday, already training again,” Lijnders said. “It was a big cold and we know how fast it can come and go, but he pushes himself immediately.

“He’s the kind of player you need to slow down and luckily we have 24 of those players.”

Divock Origi is another player who is definitely absent as he is recovering suddenly. With Lijnders explaining: “He still doesn’t train with the team. He’s our top scorer in this League. [Cup] and he will be missed.

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