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Jurgen Klopp Bans Liverpool Players From Traveling for International Duty Over Quarantine Concern

By Amreen
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has concerns over his players going on international duty
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has concerns over his players going on international duty / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool will not release players for international duty if they are required to quarantine upon their return to the UK.

According to UK coronavirus regulations, if players travel for international duty, they would be forced to quarantine for 10 days. Liverpool would lose a number of key players, including Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita, who are all a part of their national team squads.

FIFA has extended an exemption for clubs to refuse the release of players, especially in countries where they have to mandatorily isolate, like the UK. "I think all the clubs agree that with the same problems we cannot just let the boys go and then sort the situation when they come back by placing our players in a 10-day quarantine in a hotel, it is just not possible," Klopp said.

"I understand the needs of the different FAs but this is a time where we cannot make everyone happy and we have to admit the players are paid by the clubs so it means we have to be first priority."

He added that he would wait for an update on the travel decisions before the international break, which scheduled to take place between March 22 and March 30. "We cannot make everybody happy at the same time in this period of our lives," he said. "We are not 100% sure because it is not clear because some countries might change the venues that they are playing in.

“England is going in the right direction and it looks promising but we are concerned about these kind of things. What is a red list country? England is doing really well at the moment and I think we are on the red list for some other countries. It is not easy for us to travel from England. Having more information would be great.”