Klopp says the club pays players’ wages and should have priority
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says players will not be allowed to travel for the international break in March if they have to be quarantined on their return.
In the UK, anyone who returns from coronavirus red list countries is currently subject to quarantine for 10 days.
According to Fifa, clubs can prevent players from leaving if they must be quarantined for five days or more on their return.
“I understand the need for the different FAs, but it’s a time when you can’t make everyone happy,” said Klopp.
“The players are paid by the clubs, which means we have to be our top priority. You can’t make everyone happy at this time of our lives.”
“We are not 100% sure as it is not clear as some countries may change the place they play.
“You always have to wait until the last second because people need time to make decisions.
“I think everyone agrees that we can’t quarantine the players in a hotel for 10 days – we can’t do it that way.”
Portugal, all of South America and parts of southern Africa are on the “Red List” of Great Britain.
For Liverpool, this would hit players like Brazilians Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, as well as Portuguese striker Diogo Jota.
“We are concerned,” said Klopp about players who are in international service. “All that has happened from a virus perspective in the past few months is when someone had to leave the bladder.
“Everything is going in the right direction in England and looking positive and promising. Yes, we are concerned about things like that.”