Positive COVID test rules Alex McCarthy out of Liverpool game

Only Emiliano Martinez (8) has more Premier League clean sheets than Alex McCarthy (7) in 2020/21

Alex McCarthy will miss tonight's game with Liverpool after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result.

The 31-year-old, who has been one of Saints' most consistent performers this season, is currently self-isolating at home.

Speaking about McCarthy's absence, Ralph Hasenhüttl said, "After the last round of tests, we have one positive case now with Alex McCarthy, so he's out for the game on Monday and maybe also the Shrewsbury game, as he has to self-isolate for a period."

With McCarthy unavailable, Hasenhüttl is set to hand Fraser Forster his first appearance of the season.

Forster, who had a very successful spell on loan at Celtic last season, hasn't played for Saints since a 3-0 defeat at West Ham United in May 2019.

Despite that, the Saints boss is confident his current 'number 2' can step up to the plate against Jurgen Klopp's side, "I think Fraser is a very good alternative. He really wants to play now and was waiting for his chance."

"He has made a good development and, against a strong opponent, to make the debut of the season is not the worst for a goalkeeper. I think, because you can immediately show up. I'm happy that he's here and we have this alternative." he continued.

Saints themselves are looking to end a run of just one Premier League win in the last 13 attempts versus Liverpool, including defeat in all six of the most recent fixtures.

Total Saints would like to send their best wishes to Alex - and his family - on a speedy recovery.

Article by Ben Stanfield


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