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Klopp on FIFA ban as it affects his boys

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager has admitted he has ‘no idea’ if Brazilian players will face Leeds United

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager has admitted he has 'no idea' if Brazilian players will face Leeds United

Jurgen Klopp admitted he has “no idea” if Liverpool’s Brazilian players will be present to face Leeds United on Sunday

On Wednesday it was revealed that FIFA had invoked Article 5 to block Premier League clubs from selecting players who they had refused to release for the latest round of international fixtures, following a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation.

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This was after Premier League clubs last month not refused to release players for international matches in countries on the UK Government’s red list.

If Article 5 was to be enforced, it would hinder some players from playing in this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures and also Tuesday’s Champions League matches.

And Liverpool seems to be ones affected most by the ban as Alisson, Fabinho and Robert Firmino, who is currently injured, banned from playing against Leeds.

“We will see. I don’t know at the moment when I will have to make a decision about it. But there will be a moment.

“Today’s training session will obviously be a very important one, it would nice if we could train with the team I want to play on Sunday. We will see.”

“It is a really difficult situation and really tricky for all the clubs, and the players especially.

“We should not forget at this moment that the players wanted to play these games, the clubs wanted to let the players go but it was not possible.”

Klopp believes the issue could also affect the next international break in October, particularly if more countries are added to the UK Government’s red list.

“We still don’t know what we can do right now at the weekend but that’s the smallest problem because next time, we don’t know how the pandemic develops – there could be 10 or 15 other countries on the red list,” Klopp added.

“I hope that it’s not the case but we cannot ignore that this could be possible. If that happens, then it’s the same problem again with all the players.

“If we still think that the clubs and the players should get the punishment for something that we have absolutely no influence over, that for sure is not right.”