Jurgen Klopp is currently at odds with the Premier League over quarantine rules. So what is the Liverpool boss’s problem?
Liverpool face an interesting time after the international break. Four of their players are off to ‘Red zone’ countries – in other words, countries that the UK believe are at high Covid-19 risk.
This was a problem in the last international break, of course, as clubs wouldn’t release Brazilian players for that very reason. The resulting quarantine would rule them out of fixtures on their return and teams weren’t happy with that.
Well, Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Sadio Mane and Kostas Tsimikas will face a similar situation this time around. Though, there are changes.
Fully vaccinated players can now leave their hotel quarantine in order to train and play games. They can’t do anything else, however, and must spend the rest of their time in quarantine.
Jurgen Klopp has a real issue with the latter, too. He believes that while the players can leave in order to play football, it’s not right that they still need to live in a bubble.
“You can choose the hotel yourself but food has to be delivered in front of your room door,” the manager said, per the Guardian. “You are not allowed to have any visitors. If that’s the solution, I don’t know where it’s coming from.
“That would mean for the players that they go for 10-12 days with their national teams, then they go another 10 days away from their families into quarantine.
“That’s 22 days, and then two weeks later there’s the next international break. That doesn’t sound to me like a real solution.”
Klopp has problem with quarantine
Klopp’s problem lies with the Premier League, however. Sorting out a situation that benefits everyone is quite tricky but the Liverpool boss doesn’t believe the league fought for the clubs and players.
“I don’t expect the government to be 100% concerned about the Premier League situation, about the need of specific players, but the Premier League has to fight for our players,” Klopp said.
“That’s not the situation now.”
Admittedly, we’re not sure what more the Premier League could have done here. They can’t ignore the UK’s quarantine rules and getting as much of an exception as they have is at least progress.
Klopp believes more could have been done, though, in order to prevent a very difficult few weeks for players. It sounds like this one isn’t over, then.