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Brazilian Players Authorized for Premier League Action After Days of Negotiations | Liverpool


Premier League clubs received clearance to play with their Brazilian players this weekend after the country’s soccer federation dropped its demand that FIFA impose the five-day rule. The news follows several days of negotiations between the Premier League and FIFA with Chile, Paraguay and Mexico following suit.

It means Liverpool will be able to call in Alisson and Fabinho for Sunday’s trip to Leeds, and Raphinha will be ready for the hosts too. The other Brazilian players who were under threat of not playing were Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Manchester United’s Fred.

The four national associations agreed to waive their right to activate a FIFA regulation to prevent players from appearing in England’s top division this weekend. Premier League clubs made a collective decision not to release players for service if it meant they would travel to red list countries, as they would face 10 days of quarantine upon return.

The news will be a relief for Jürgen Klopp, who was already upset by the dispute and a World Cup proposal every two years that, according to the Liverpool manager, is further proof that the authorities “do not care” about him. well-being of the players. “Every idea has to do with more games,” he said.

Klopp said early Friday: “My personal opinion is that no one should be banned because there was no solution to fix the problem. They gave us three games [in the international break] and we, as we always do, were happy to let the players go, but we couldn’t because when they come back they can’t play for at least four games [if they had to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days].

“We can’t just sit here and say, ‘Yes, no problem, let them go,’ because we don’t make any of these decisions. We are not asking for three games in the international break. At the last possible moment they played the third game in South America. Nobody thinks about the players.

“People say that Klopp only thinks of Liverpool because it does not have its Brazilians. No, there is a problem in football. Someone organizes a tournament and they don’t care about the players who must be part of that tournament. That is the situation at the moment. It doesn’t sound good because it isn’t right. “

'It's about money': Jürgen Klopp on biennial World Cup proposal - video
‘It’s about money’: Jürgen Klopp on biennial World Cup proposal – video

Arsène Wenger, FIFA’s head of world football development, recently visited Klopp at Liverpool’s training complex, where he outlined plans for a biennial World Cup. “I immediately said, ‘More games? Does that mean a tournament every year? There is no possibility, that is not right, ‘”revealed the Liverpool manager.

“Where is the very important preseason where there is no tournament? All people who train for a big competition need preparation. But footballers only play all year, then three weeks off, then two weeks of preseason preparation, and then they play again. That is soccer. How can you improve this game if you just play all the time? It can not.”

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Klopp also questioned Trent Alexander-Arnold’s Gareth Southgate display in midfield during England’s World Cup qualifying victory against Andorra. He said: “In a game where England is so dominant, or where we are so dominant, then Trent could play in midfield. I’d rather it be 6 than in this case 8, that’s possible, but why would you play the best right-back in the world as a midfielder? I do not understand that “.


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