Klopp concerned about players traveling for international duties


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says players cannot be allowed to travel for March’s international break if they have to quarantine when they return.

The German mentor reckons that it is a time where you cannot make everybody happy.

In the UK at present, anyone returning from coronavirus ‘red list’ countries is required to quarantine for 10 days.

The world football governing body (Fifa) states that clubs can prevent players from leaving if they need to quarantine for five days or more on their return.

“The players are paid by the clubs so that means we have to be the first priority. You cannot make everyone happy in this period of our lives,” says Klopp.

“We are not 100% sure because it’s not clear as some countries might change the venues where they play.

“You always have to wait until the last second pretty much because people need time to make decisions.

“I think everybody agrees that we cannot let the players go and come back and quarantine for 10 days in a hotel – that’s not how we can do it.”

Portugal, all of South America and parts of southern Africa are part of the UK’s red list of countries.

For Liverpool, that would impact players such as Brazil’s Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino as well as Portuguese forward Diogo Jota.

“All the things that happened from a virus point of view in the last few months was when someone had to leave the bubble,” he adds.

“In England, it is all going in the right direction and looks positive and promising. Yes, we are concerned about these kinds of things.”

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By FARPost Reporter

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