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Liverpool Set to Lose Key Trio for Manchester United Clash

Liverpool face losing Firmino, Alisson, and Fabinho for United clash
Liverpool face losing Firmino, Alisson, and Fabinho for United clash / Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Liverpool are reportedly set to lose Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, and Alisson for a crunch Premier League clash against Manchester United due to quarantine rules.

The Brazilian trio have been called up by their national side for games in September against Argentina, Chile, and Peru. And according to new FIFA rules, Jugen Klopp's side will no longer be able to hold on to their players or withdraw them from the Brazil squad even if they face quarantine on their return.

Brazil's final match against Peru takes place on September 11, just a day before Liverpool take on Leeds, who will also be without Raphinha after he received his first Brazil call-up. October's international break means Alisson, Fabinho, and Firmino could miss the Reds' trip to United, who are likely to be without Fred.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, Manchester City duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, and Everton striker Richarlison will also be missing in action for their respective teams. Liverpool previously were able to hold on to their players with FIFA allowing teams to refuse to release their players if they faced at least a five-day quarantine. However, that rule will no longer apply.

"The temporary amendment was in place until April 2021 and is no longer in effect nor is it intended to be applied for September," a FIFA spokesman told The Mail on Sunday.

"Since the outset of the pandemic, FIFA has continued to work in close cooperation with the confederations, member associations and respective authorities, monitoring the different restrictions and exemptions around the world. The regulations have reflected this process, as best as is possible at the global level.

"FIFA is confident that the situation will continue as it was the case in June for qualifiers and final continental tournaments and that players will be able to travel to play with their national teams and return to play with their clubs."