Liverpool have failed with a request to move the Watford game, according to reports. The Reds will now miss two starters for the Premier League fixture.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Liverpool put in a request to move the Watford fixture later this month. The Premier League denied it, however.
The game will kick off at 12:30 on October 16th but the Reds hoped to push it back into the late evening. Watford argued that with under two weeks to go, fans had already made plans for the original kick-off time.
Why did Liverpool request to move the Watford game?
It’s the international break over the next two weeks, of course. That sees several stars away from the club and, unlikely the previous break, that includes Brazilians.
Both Alisson Becker and Fabinho will feature for their national side. The problem, though, is that Brazil’s final fixture is against Uruguay on October 15th – a little over 24 hours before Liverpool face Watford.
It’s highly unlikely that Alisson and Fabinho could play at Vicarage Road, then. The goalkeeper might have the fitness levels but there’s no guarantee that he’d even arrive in the UK on time.
Liverpool wanted to push the game to late on Saturday evening in an attempt to get the players back for it. Watford, though, said no.
You can’t exactly blame them, either. That game just got easier for them.
Could Liverpool have acted sooner?
Probably, yes – but they went down a different route. Globo reports that Liverpool asked Brazil if they’d release Alisson and Fabinho before the Uruguay game but they’re unlikely to do so.
They then tried to move the game but has equal success.
Jurgen Klopp had eyes on this problem a few weeks ago, too. He warned that something should have been done to solve this problem – Liverpool are hardly the only team affected, either.
Liverpool will have almost certainly need to tackle Watford without Alisson or Fabinho, then. There are worse games to face that handicap in, of course, but it’s a problem that really shouldn’t exist.
The Reds have every right to be angry at the scheduling here.