Three Liverpool stars are among the Brazil players considering pulling out from the Copa America this summer. The tournament is in a unique situation.
Copa America 2021 should have taken place in Colombia and Argentina. With just weeks to go, however, the tournament moved to Brazil.
That was due to Covid concerns in Argentina, though – as some pointed out – they surely should have the same concerns in Brazil? Yet, the tournament should go ahead.
This ESPN article does a decent job of explaining the situation. It doesn’t make all that much sense and now things actually make even less sense.
It turns out at least one group of players isn’t thrilled at the idea of playing the tournament in Brazil. And unfortunately for the new hosts, it’s their group of players.
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“The players have a very clear opinion, against the president, about playing the tournament,” Tite said. “That is the reason for Casemiro’s absence today.”
Casemiro was supposed to do a press conference on Friday ahead of Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers. Instead, he missed it as debates with his teammates.
Brazil players debate Copa America
This certainly affects Liverpool. Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are all in the Brazil squad and it appears they may get the summer off.
That would undoubtedly benefit the Reds, given this chaotic summer. Both the Euros and Copa America are happening, meaning virtually ever first-team player will play international football this summer.
Then there’s the Olympics. And all of this after one of the most physically gruelling seasons ever.
So as ridiculous as the Brazil situation is, we can’t help but see it as positive for Liverpool. The Reds might actually have some well-rest players if they call the whole thing off.