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Liverpool fans react as FIFA extend club rights ahead of international run-in

A report from Sky Sports has revealed that Premier League clubs aren’t obligated to release players for international duty in March – which is undoubtedly good news for Liverpool supporters.

This comes as a result of the global pandemic, with FIFA extending their rules that clubs have the right to refuse their players from going away on international duty.

This, then, will certainly make Jurgen Klopp very happy.

The upcoming international break in March features both Portugal and Brazil, who are due to begin their World Cup 2022 qualification campaigns.

With that said, under normal circumstances, the likes of Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota would all be jetting off to represent their respective countries.

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However, Liverpool have now been presented the option to prohibit the aforementioned players from competing away from Merseyside in March.

This is huge for the English champions, especially during the business end of the season.

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Liverpool are scheduled to play the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with RB Leipzig on March 10, after all.

Moreover, Klopp and his team have crucial league matches against Wolves, Fulham and Chelsea. With Liverpool currently seven points off league leaders Manchester City, all of the aforementioned fixtures are must-wins for the Reds.

Going through such a critical period of the season without four key players would have been unthinkable for Liverpool supporters, especially amid the current injury crisis.

However, this no longer appears to be an issue and Klopp can prepare for the Premier League and European run-in as normal.

After all, it was during the international break when Joe Gomez suffered his season-ending knee injury while on England duty.

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