Jurgen Klopp, the manager of English side, Liverpool FC has threatened to bar some of his club players from representing their National teams in the forth coming round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers saying if there is a chance they will have to quarantine on their return under coronavirus rules.
Recall that FIFA has given clubs the dispensation to prevent players who may be affected by the regulations from joining up with their countries for the matches, which include World Cup qualifiers and Klopp fully intends to apply it.
Klopp while speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, said;
“I understand the needs of the different FAs (football associations) but this is a time where we cannot make everyone happy and we have to admit the players are paid by the clubs so it means we have to be first priority.”
Alisson is set to return to the side for the visit of Chelsea on Thursday after missing the win at Sheffield United as he was mourning the death of his father in a swimming accident in Brazil.
Sixth-placed Liverpool, who are one point behind Chelsea in the race for top-four spots, have not won at home since mid-December as their title defence has collapsed.
Chelsea, still unbeaten under new boss Thomas Tuchel, would be tough to beat.
“It is quite difficult to get more possession than Chelsea, You have to defend, work a lot, you have to be patient in moments and show your desire to defend all the time because they are a top team.”
But he said he was focused on the challenge of finishing in the top four, which would mean qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Liverpool are two points behind fourth-placed West Ham after beating Sheffield United.