Liverpool star Fabinho reveals he and Alisson will MISS the game against Watford as Brazil plays just 35 HOURS before kick-off… with the club deciding whether the duo should be quarantined in Spain before facing Atletico Madrid
- Liverpool return to action against Watford 35 hours after Brazil play against Uruguay
- Fabinho and Alisson are currently away on international service with Brazil
- The midfielder thinks neither he nor Alisson will be available for Watford
- He added that the club will decide whether the duo should then travel to Spain
- The Reds travel to Spain on Tuesday evening to take on Atlético Madrid
Liverpool star Fabinho believes neither he nor Alisson will be available for Jurgen Klopp’s side in their Premier League clash against Watford over the weekend.
The Reds could briefly top the league table if they beat the Hornets on Saturday afternoon’s lunch break.
However, it is likely that they will miss the Brazilian duo, who are still on international duty and will play against Uruguay at 1.30am UK time on Friday morning – just 35 hours before kick-off at Vicarage Road.
Fabinho is on international duty with Brazil, which will play Uruguay against Uruguay 35 hours before Liverpool kick-off in Watford
Speaking to the Brazilian press, Fabinho admitted that he cannot see himself or Alisson taking part in the match due to the rapid switchover required to participate.
He also claimed the club is deciding whether to stay in a hotel in England while they are quarantined or whether they should stay in Spain before the Reds face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
The midfielder said: “I think this first game against Watford will be very difficult for us, I don’t think we will play. Neither Alisson nor myself.
Fabinho says both he and Alisson (pictured) will likely miss the Reds clash against Watford
The game against Uruguay is there on Friday night (in the UK) and the game against Watford is half past one.
“With everything that comes with it, travel, I don’t know how much time we’ll have between one game and the next.
“I don’t think we will play. We are also going into quarantine, but the club is still investigating whether it would not be better to go directly to Spain to play against Atletico Madrid and go into quarantine there, without staying in a hotel in England.’
Fortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s side, Roberto Firmino will be available for the game against Watford, as he was surprisingly left out of Brazil’s roster for their World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay.
Brazil is still red-listed in the UK meaning that if Fabinho and Alisson traveled to England after their international service they would be able to play and train with Liverpool but would have to stay in a hotel.
Jurgen Klopp’s side decides whether the pair should be quarantined in Spain before playing Atlético Madrid next week
There is a fitness boost for Liverpool for the weekend as the Reds are expected to have Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota available.
Alexander-Arnold has missed the last two games with a muscle injury, while Jota was sent home from international duty while away with Portugal.
Liverpool are said to have turned down a request from the Premier League to postpone the game against Watford to an evening kick-off to give the Brazilian duo a chance to participate.
Klopp previously spoke about the scheduling issue before teams broke off for international service.
Roberto Firmino will be available after Brazil decides not to call the striker on duty
He said: ‘Of course nobody has thought about that (planning) yet and it is a problem for Liverpool, not a problem for anyone else.
“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’s something else that’s not good for the players and not good for the clubs.”