Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Brazil chaos to end as stars like Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho face international obligations and quarantine uncertainty
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants clarity for international matches
- Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho are all likely to be involved again
- Klopp wants TV chefs, the Premier League and governments to come up with solutions
Jurgen Klopp has called for clarity on whether Brazil’s Premier League players will be subject to quarantine measures with the current situation untenable.
The Liverpool manager expects Roberto Firmino, goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Fabinho to be called up for three World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay, although it is unclear whether they will receive an exemption to travel back to the UK without quarantine.
Firmino, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem, Alisson and Fabinho – along with a number of other Brazilians in England – stayed home for the internationals last month as Brazil was on the red list and that meant 10 days in a hotel quarantine.
Jurgen Klopp (L) wants clarity before Roberto Firmino plays on internationals
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker (L) is probably also on duty in Brazil and will have to deal with quarantine uncertainty
“There has to be a solution because we can’t leave it as it is and say it’s not a problem,” Klopp said.
‘Yes, it’s a problem. I’m pretty sure the determined people are working on that, in fact I know they are, but nothing has been decided as far as I’m concerned.’
Klopp’s concerns about the situation are not limited to travel, however. Should Alisson, Firmino and Fabinho be involved against Uruguay in Manaus, the match will start on October 15 at 1:30 PM. Liverpool will return after the international with a game in Watford on October 16 at 12:30 p.m.
“I expect them to go,” Klopp said. “Obviously nobody has thought about that (planning) and it’s a problem for Liverpool, not a problem for anyone else.
Fabinho (R) is another candidate to play international matches, leaving Klopp feeling perplexed
“Good for Watford and all this stuff, but I just don’t know how to do these things and nobody responds to the schedule.
“The schedule is always an issue, but it’s like the TV guys and the Premier League are just saying, ‘Okay, that’s right, they have to play.’
‘Let’s see how we can arrange that. It is something else that is not good for the players and not good for the clubs. I also hope that the government will come up with a solution.’