Jurgen Klopp has asked the UK Government to find a solution to the ongoing Premier League club-versus-country row with Brazil. Liverpool duo Alisson and Fabinho are among eight Brazil call-ups, along with Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Emerson Royal of Tottenham, Thiago Silva from Chelsea, Manchester United midfielder Fred and Raphinha from Leeds. The Premier League clubs had collectively decided not to release any of their players for travel to “red list” countries. The Brazilian Federation was part of the four associations that requested FIFA to ban players for a five-day period.
“There must be a solution obviously because we cannot just leave it like this and say it’s not a problem. Yes, it is a problem.” Jurgen Klopp said about the row between Premier League clubs and Brazil. “I’m pretty sure the relevant people are working on this. I know they’re working on this, but there’s nothing decided yet, at least as far as I’m concerned. We have a problem when the Brazilians are allowed, or when they go, to the next internationals.”
“We have a 12.30 kick-off at Watford (October 16). The game in Brazil is on Friday night (October 15), so obviously, nobody has thought about that yet,” he added. “I know it’s a Liverpool problem and nobody else’s problem, and good for Watford. But I just don’t know how you can do this kind of thing where nobody reacts on the schedule. Another thing, it’s not good for the players or the clubs as well and I hope the Government comes up with some kind of solution.”