Southampton stopper Alex McCarthy out of Liverpool clash after positive coronavirus test

ALEX McCARTHY is out of tomorrow’s clash against Liverpool after testing positive for Covid.

The Southampton No 1 will be replaced by Fraser Forster — who has not played for the club since May 2019.

Ahead of hosting Liverpool, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “After the last round of tests, we have one positive case with Alex.

“So he’s out for the game because he has to self-isolate for a period. 

“I think Fraser is a very good alternative.

“He really wants to play now, was waiting for his chance and has made a really good development.

“And, against a strong opponent, to make your debut for the season is not the worst for a keeper.

“So I’m happy that we have this alternative.”

McCarthy’s absence comes after Hassenhuttl missed the 0-0 draw with West Ham last month because he was forced self-isolate.

The tactician remained away from the sideline after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus but will be in the dug-out for Liverpool.

Meanwhile, SunSport understands Southampton want to sign Demarai Gray.

The Leicester winger is out of contract in the summer.

And Hassenhuttl is keen on adding Gray to his ranks for free.

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