Premier League fears emerge over coronavirus spike with ’14 cases from 12 clubs’

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The new Premier League season has been thrown into doubt by a huge increase in coronavirus cases.

According to reports, there have been as many as fourteen positive tests across 12 different clubs, with champions Liverpool included in those who have been effected during the past week.

Concerns have now been raised following the foreign holidays that were attended by club players and staff over the past few weeks of the close season, with the 2020/21 campaign starting in mid-September.

The league only record 30 positive cases from around 35,000 tests during the successful Project Restart, making the recent tally look all the more worrying.

The Telegraph have reported that the cases have been recorded since players returned to training last week, which have been disproportionately high.

They add that the players coming back into close contact could have played a part, and that not all cases were asymptomatic.

Liverpool are said to have had one positive case during their pre-season training in Austria, but Jurgen Klopp is keen for his side to hit the ground running in their friendly clashes against Stuttgart and Red Bull Salzburg.

He told their official website on Wednesday: “Actually it's like we planned, how we all know, this camp pretty late, so we are really pleased that we found this calibre of opponent.

“The agency who helped us with organisation came up immediately with Stuttgart and said they are in the area so maybe we can make a game there.

“Then they were happy, we are very happy, so that's good, first and foremost. We are here in the wider Salzburg area, so on the way home pretty much, if you want, we play them. It's good.

“We know, meanwhile, Red Bull was really in all the planning here, so I'm happy that we can do that.

“From a sports point of view, it's important for us obviously after the mini-break to find our feet as quick as possible, if you want.

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“Training looks really, really good in the moment – this is actually what we expected, the boys didn't lose a lot from the physical abilities.

“So now [we] are in the middle of the preparation, all the tactical stuff already. So it looks really good in the moment and the two opponents are really good opponents, so that will be really tough.

“How it is always, you play these out of full training, so the boys have to fight, dig deep but I think they will do that.”

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  • Burnley FC
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