News that Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish had tested positive for Covid-19 came as a huge shock to the club's players and staff, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.
Dalglish (69) tested positive for the coronavirus last week after being admitted to hospital for an infection. He required intravenous antibiotics but was asymptomatic and returned home over the weekend. "It was a real shock three days ago when I heard about it first. The boys were sent a message in our WhatsApp group and everybody was like, 'Wow'," Klopp said.
"What you feel in that moment is a massive difference if you know somebody who got the virus, or if you don't know.
"We all know this terrible disease is causing heartache all over the world, but this was the first time for many of us someone we have such a personal connection to was affected to this extent."
The Premier League has been suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic with the UK on lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. Liverpool held a 25-point lead at the top of the table when the season was halted.
Klopp has been putting his players through their paces in online training sessions and said the social aspect of the link-up, including birthday singalongs, was helping the squad deal with being stuck in isolation.
"When we have these training sessions, I could have never imagined I would enjoy it that much," he added. "The boys are all in good spirits.
"When we start at 10, the chat is open from 9.30 and pretty much everybody is already in. That's the best thing of having this situation in 2020, we have this technical opportunity."
Meanwhile, a potential takeover of Newcastle by Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners moved a step closer after legal documents were drawn up and filed with Companies House.
Mike Ashley has had a controversial 13-year tenure as owner but legal documentation filed last week came to light yesterday.
Ashley said following the collapse of Staveley's previous bid to take over the club two years ago that all future business would be conducted behind firmly closed doors.
• Bournemouth have reversed their decision to furlough staff members, the club has announced.
The club's directors said that criticism of the decision had led them to change their stance.