Liverpool will prevent four of their star players leaving to play international matches next month should they earn call-ups, according to a report.
The Mail on Sunday claims that the Reds will stop Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino from departing.
The trio would all have to isolate upon their return to the UK, with Brazil on the government’s ‘red’ list.
What’s more, Portugal is another country about which the UK is wary of its coronavirus infection. Therefore, Liverpool will prevent Diogo Jota from travelling should he make the squad.
Liverpool’s power to do so comes after FIFA’s ruling that clubs can stop players playing for their countries if it means they will miss a period of action upon their return.
The UK government’s ‘red’ list requires travellers from such countries to isolate for 10 days in a hotel when they return.
Should that happen, affected Premier League players will miss two rounds of action on the weekends of April 3 and April 10.
What’s more, should their clubs remain in the Champions League, they would miss the quarter-final first leg on April 6-7.
They would also be doubtful to make it for the second leg on April 13-14.
Liverpool have concerns, with the Reds facing Arsenal during that period. However, they may only be fighting for the top four by then amid their current drop-off in form.
Nevertheless, Liverpool chiefs do not want to lose four star players for up to four crucial matches of the season.
Man Utd monitoring the situation
Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday adds that Manchester United are also monitoring the situation.
Jota’s fellow Portugal international Bruno Fernandes could also earn a call-up. But with Fernando Santos’ men hosting Azerbaijan before travelling to Serbia and Luxembourg, United are holding off on making a decision for now.
The Red Devils face Tottenham in a crunch Premier League clash during the period in which players would isolate.
In addition, the Europa League quarter-finals follow straight after their Champions League counterparts. United got to the semi-finals last season and see the competition as a firm chance at silverware.
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