Liverpool FC will probably be without the services of its Brazilian players for the away game against Leeds United after the international break. This comes from a report by The Times that states that Premier League clubs are likely to lose their battle with the Brazilian football federation over the release of players for international duty in red-list countries.
As previously reported, Brazil is on the United Kingdom’s “red list” for Covid-19. What that means is that people entering the UK from Brazil are deemed high-risk, and will have to serve a period of quarantine upon entering the country. That’s obviously not ideal for football clubs. All the Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed on this position of not releasing players to play in red-listed countries. In addition, Liverpool has been busy writing letters to football federations explaining their stance to not release players to red-listed countries, including Egypt for Mo Salah.
However, it seems like that will not work in the case of Brazil. The Brazilian football federation has contacted FIFA and demanded that they impose the five-day rule on the nine Brazil players at six Premier League clubs, which would mean that they would be ineligible to play in matches for their clubs for five days after the end of the international break. In essence, this rule bans players from competing for clubs in FIFA competitions, so clubs might as well just release the players for international duty anyway.
So, TL;DR, Liverpool will almost certainly be without Alisson, and Fabinho for Leeds. Roberto Firmino would have been on this list as well, but he picked up what is now being termed a “not serious” injury. Here’s hoping he stays back on Merseyside and gets better soon.