LIVERPOOL, England – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not allow his players to travel to international matches this month if they have to be quarantined on their return.

According to the current coronavirus guidelines, arrivals from countries that the UK considers high risk are subject to 10-day hotel custody. Portugal and all of South America are on the so-called “red list”, so that applies to the Brazilian internationals of Liverpool – Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho – and the Portuguese striker Diogo Jota.

FIFA gave clubs an exemption during the pandemic to prevent players potentially affected by the regulations from joining their countries, and Klopp intends to do so.

“I think all clubs agree that if we have the same problems, we can’t just let the boys go and then sort out the situation when they return by putting our players in a 10-day quarantine in a hotel. That’s just not possible, “said Klopp. “I understand the needs of the different FAs but this is a time when we can’t make everyone happy and we have to admit that the players are paid by the clubs. That means we have to be our top priority.”

Klopp said Liverpool will “wait until the last second” to make a decision.

“We just do what other people decided to get used to,” he said, “but I think everyone agrees that we won’t let the players play for their country and be in for 10 days come back to a hotel and quarantine. ” . We can’t do it like that. “

Brazil occupies first place in South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup after winning the first four games and is expected to play against Colombia on March 26 and Argentina four days later

Portugal have a home game against Azerbaijan and away games against Serbia and Luxembourg.

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