Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl has been cleared to return to the dugout for Monday's game at home against Liverpool after completing a period of self-isolation, the Premier League club said.

He isolated following a positive Covid-19 test in his household and the 53-year-old took charge of Tuesday's 0-0 draw with West Ham United via video link.

Hasenhuettl's wife had tested positive on Dec. 28, Southampton said in a statement, but the result was examined and flagged as a potential false positive. Each member of the Austrian's household was then tested twice and all of the results came back negative.

"We are confident that the original test was a false positive and Ralph has been cleared to return to Staplewood and take training from 1 January," Southampton said.

"The club would like to make clear that we fully support the protocols and regulations that led to Ralph self-isolating and view them as vital in keeping everyone involved in our club, our community and our game in a safe environment."

Southampton are ninth with 26 points from 16 games.