Jurgen Klopp says the only people “who get punished are the players and the clubs” after three Liverpool stars were banned from playing Leeds United.
Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho are all currently ineligible to face the Yorkshire club on Sunday after Liverpool refused to release their players for World Cup qualifiers in South America as they would have to quarantine upon arrival back in England.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Leeds and Everton all did the same and now they too face being without their Brazilian stars for the weekend’s fixtures.
Brazilian football authorities triggered a FIFA rule to prevent them appearing and they will be stopped from playing for their clubs this weekend.
And Klopp thinks “the whole situation is really just like the whole world in the moment in a nutshell” and isn’t sure whether he will be able to call upon his Brazilian players or not tomorrow.
“I don’t know what will happen at the weekend, to be honest. In this moment, we have to see what other people decide and then we will again accept that probably, do what people tell us and try to win a football game,” Klopp told liverpool.com.
“But the whole situation is really just like the whole world in the moment in a nutshell – ‘Ah, in football they have these problems as well.’ Yes, we have these problems. And now we will see who finds the solution.”
Klopp added: “Our players, if they come back then they have to quarantine 10 days in a random hotel, next to the airport probably, which is not good for any people who have to do that but for a professional football player, being 10 days in a hotel.
“OK, then the decision was made, not by us: if that’s like this then the players cannot go. OK, they go, other players go, some clubs let their Argentina players go. There’s a game in Brazil against Argentina, officials come on to the pitch, nobody wants to see situations like that. Get the game cancelled, stopped in that moment.
“And now, the next thing, we have a football game to play again and they tell us we cannot play our Brazilian players. It’s like, ‘Huh?’ So, we did nothing. We didn’t organise the Copa America, we are not responsible for the games they couldn’t have played. We didn’t invite players, we didn’t say when they come back there’s no exemption. We all didn’t do that.
“But in the end the only [people] who get punished are the players and the clubs – and we have nothing to do with the whole organisation around. It’s like, ‘What is happening?’”