Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp hinted on Wednesday that his club might refuse to allow players to travel abroad for international matches this month, if they need to be quarantined for ten days upon return to England.
The Brazilian trio, Alison Baker, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Portuguese striker Diogo Jota face the possibility of staying 10 days in quarantine upon returning to Britain from countries on the “red list” of the Covid-19 virus.
FIFA announced that clubs can refuse to let players travel to their countries, if the authorities require them to spend more than 5 days in quarantine upon return.
“I understand the needs of the different football federations, but we are at a time when not everyone can be satisfied,” Klopp told reporters before facing Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday night.
“Players get their salaries from clubs, and this means that our priority is not everyone can be happy in this period of life,” he added.
And the German coach added, “We are not completely sure that some countries can change the places of matches, and we must wait until the last second because decisions need time.”
“I think everyone agrees that we cannot allow our players to travel and return to spend 10 days in quarantine inside a hotel, and we cannot do that,” he added.
He also expressed concern that his players would leave the club’s safe environment for international matches.
The German coach continued, “In England, we are all heading in the right direction and the situation appears positive and promising, and we are worried about getting out of the safe environment.”