Football: Liverpool recruit Thiago Alcantara tests positive for COVID-19, self-isolating

New Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating with minor symptoms.

The Spaniard, who joined from Bayern Munich earlier this month and made his debut in their 2-0 win over Chelsea, has been ruled out of their next two games, after missing Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield.

Initially, manager Jurgen Klopp said his new star wasn't fit and would miss at least two games, but hours later, the club revealed Alcantara has coronavirus.

"It is the choice of each individual whether they reveal publicly the outcome of a COVID-19 test," Liverpool's first-team doctor Jim Moxon says.

"We have followed all the protocols to the letter and Thiago is OK. He will be self-isolating now, as per the guidelines, and hopefully he’ll be back with us soon."

Liverpool will host Arsenal in the last-16 of the League Cup later this week and return to league action on the weekend with a trip to Aston Villa.

Spain manager Luis Enrique is due to announce his squad for this month’s matches with Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine, with Alcantara expected to play a key role.