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Liverpool confirm Sadio Mane tests positive for COVID-19

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A second Liverpool player has tested positive for COVID-19 this week, with winger Sadio Mane receiving a positive confirmation on the heels of Thiago Alcantara’s confirmed case on Tuesday.

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According to Liverpool’s statement on Friday, Mane has experienced “minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall.” The 28-year-old Senegalese superstar has already begun a period of self-isolation in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

Sadio Mane played 80 minutes and scored a goal in the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Monday. Thiago was a surprise omission just hours before the club confirmed his status the next day. Mane was not in the squad when Liverpool lost to the Gunners on penalty kicks in the League Cup round of 16 on Thursday.

At this time, no other Liverpool players have confirmed as having tested positive for the virus. At this time, no Arsenal players have tested positive for the virus.

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Liverpool are currently set to visit Aston Villa on Sunday (Watch live, 2:15 pm ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) and will be without the key duo of Thiago and Mane.

Liverpool’s full statement:

The forward, who started and scored in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, has displayed minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall.

However, like with Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool Football Club are – and will continue to – follow all protocols relating to COVID-19 and Mane will self-isolate for the required period of time.

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