Liverpool have suffered a huge blow ahead of their Premier League fixture with Leeds United over the weekend after their Brazilian contingent were ruled out of action.
Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino have been banned for a short period of time after the Anfield outfit’s hierarchy refused to release them for international duty due to quarantine rules for red-listed countries by the UK Government.
A report in the Liverpool ECHO stated that: “The club have received notification from FIFA that the Brazilian FA has asked the governing body to invoke their five-day rule, which sees players who fail to link up for national team duty then banned for a brief period from featuring for their clubs.
“With Brazil’s final match of the current break taking place in the early hours of Friday morning UK time, it means Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino – who in any case is hampered by a hamstring problem – will miss the Premier League trip to Leeds United on Sunday.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly be fuming at this latest revelation as he will be forced to contend with the absence of two key players due to football politics.
Although Firmino is currently injured and would have been fit to play, Alisson and Fabinho have featured heavily in the club’s opening three league encounters of the season, and their enforced omissions from the starting line-up will significantly weaken the 19-time English champions.
After picking up a very respectable seven points from a possible nine in the opening weeks of the current campaign, Liverpool will be hoping to continue their good form at Elland Road on Sunday.
However, that task has now become significantly harder after their first-choice goalkeeper and key defensive midfielder have been ordered to stay at home.
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