Liverpool players could be barred from international duty, says Klopp
London, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday said he will not allow his players to join their respective national teams during the upcoming international break if they are subject to 10-day quarantine upon their return to the UK.
Brazilian players Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino and Portugal’s Diogo Jota face mandatory hotel quarantine if they travel to their countries, on the UK’s list of high-risk destinations.
“I think everyone agrees we cannot let the players go and play for their country and come back and quarantine for 10 days in a hotel, that is not how we can do it,” Klopp said during a press conference ahead of the Premier League match against Chelsea on Thursday.
“I understand the need of the different FA’s but it is a time where you cannot make everybody happy,” Klopp said. “The players are paid by the clubs so that means we have to be the first priority.”
Klopp also raised concerns over the consequences of letting the players out of the club’s bubble. EFE-EPA