Alisson and Roberto Firmino face spells out after the international break, as things stand. Liverpool may need to take some sort of action.
The international break could create some chaos next month. International travel restrictions will force some returning players into quarantine on their return.
It all depends on the UK’s ‘red list’ – i.e the countries from which they require quarantine on arrival.
Elite sportsmen, of course, are not exempt from that. If they try and return from a certain country, they’ll have to stay at home for 10 days.
That creates problems for a variety of clubs. As the Athletic points out, Liverpool could be without both Alisson and Roberto Firmino once they return from Brazil.
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These aren’t friendlies that they can easily ignore, either. Brazil have a couple of 2022 World Cup qualifiers next month. They’ll want Alisson and Firmino.
The answer is that Premier League clubs may need to put their collective foot down on the international break. Otherwise, nearly all will face key players sitting out for 10 days.
In such a strange season, such an absence could be gutting for certain sides. Especially, say, a club already going through a devastating injury crisis.
What RTK has to say
This is both a tough one and a simple one. On the one hand, Brazil and co. will rightly want their best players involved – we don’t begrudge them that.
On the other hand, it is absolutely insane that football’s governing bodies would actively encourage international travel right now.
So we’ll sit on the side of the Premier League, here. This is a unique season (to say the least) and if banning large crowds is the no.1 thing not to do, international travel shouldn’t bee too far behind.
The FA and Premier League should clamp down on this. It’s the only sensible thing to do.