FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Chelsea - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - August 28, 2021 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk puts the captain's armband on after Jordan Henderson was substituted REUTERS/Peter Powell

Jurgen Klopp slammed unvaccinated football players, saying that their situation puts themselves and those around them at risk.

The Premier League is seeing many matches getting suspended due to a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases. There are tons of double and maybe triple gameweeks to come, and that is something that adds to the burden of playing football.

The Premier League is the least vaccinated of Europe’s top five leagues. Almost all the teams have at least one positive case, and the Reds are also no exception. The trio of Curtis Jones, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk all tested positive for the virus and missed Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat of Newcastle.

Klopp slammed unvaccinated players in football, and lamented the mess one positive case can create in the entire dressing room.

As quoted by the Athletic, when asked if a player’s vaccination status would affect the transfer policy of the club, the German manager replied, “We are not close to signing a player but, yes, it (vaccination status) would be influential, definitely.

“If a player is not vaccinated at all, he is a constant threat for all of us. He doesn’t want to be a threat, of course, it is not that he thinks, ‘Oh my God, I don’t care about the others,’ but he is, and we have to find different scenarios.

Liverpool manager Klopp describes unvaccinated players as a “constant threat”.
Klopp (pictured) is strictly anti-antivax. Source:

“He has to change in a different dressing room, he has to eat in a different dining room, he has to sit in a different bus, he has to drive in a different car.”


“From an organisational point of view, it gets really messy,” he continued.

“If you really want to follow the protocols, it is incredibly difficult to do. If one gets COVID and he was in the last four days around him, he will be in isolation. If we have to travel to a country to play international football and we come back, he has to self-isolate – all these kinds of things.

“Of course it will be influential. We have to do all these kinds of things, like building extra buildings for unvaccinated players, and it will not happen. Hopefully, it will not be necessary in the future.”

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