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Jurgen Klopp confirms Alisson & Fabinho will miss Watford game

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Klopp was not in a good mood
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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alisson and Fabinho will miss Liverpool's Premier League game against Watford on Saturday.

The pair have been on international duty for Brazil with Fabinho starting his side's 4-1 defeat to Uruguay on Thursday, while his club-mate was on the bench.

The chances of either being available in time for the Saturday lunchtime kick off were always remote, but Klopp has finally confirmed their absences in his pre-match press conference.

Instead, they will be flying straight to Madrid in preparation for the Reds' Champions League meeting with Atletico on Tuesday evening.

"The last game they played in a red list country was Colombia so next Thursday it will be 10 days and then they can fly back [from Madrid to UK]," he said.

"They could have flown into England but it would have meant they had to isolate from their families."

Klopp will also likely be without Curtis Jones after he picked up an injury while on international duty with England Under-21s. The injury occurred during the Young Lions narrow 1-0 win over Andorra - a game that his club manager did not view as a worthwhile use of his time.

He added: "When we talk about federations, Curtis Jones came back from England Under-21s injured. Great! It's hard to get in touch with them. They played Andorra, really important he played there..."

Klopp's complaints did not stop there either. He also had his say on Newcastle's controversial Saudi-backed takeover.

"I was waiting for some official statement about it from Richard Masters or someone else as there are obviously concerns over human rights issues. It didn't happen in the first place," he said.

"It means there is a new superpower. Money can't buy everything but over time they have enough money to make some wrong decisions and then make right decisions. The Premier League obviously thought 'let's give it a go'. It's now the third club owned by a country."


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