Jurgen Klopp is set to block Liverpool players from international duty this month.
The Reds boss insists he is unwilling to release any of his stars if they are forced to quarantine for ten days upon their return.
Brazilians Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho and Portuguese striker Diogo Jota are among a host of Liverpool stars who will have to spend ten days in isolation at the hotel if they play for their country in the qualifiers of the World Cup later this month.
FIFA has given clubs a waiver to prevent players who may be affected by the settlement from joining their country.
Klopp fully intends to implement it, saying: “I think all clubs agree that with the same issues we can’t just let the boys go and then sort things out when they come back by placing our players in in ten-day quarantine in a hotel. , this is simply not possible.
“I understand the needs of the different federations but it’s a time when we can’t make everyone happy and we have to admit that the players are paid by the clubs so that means we have to be the first priority.
“The whole situation is similar to the Champions League when it comes to where we play and you have to wait until the last second or so because people need time to make decisions and we don’t let’s not think about it too much because we cannot be influential. he.
“We are happy with what other people have decided, so we got used to it, but I think everyone agrees that we cannot let the players play for their country and come back to quarantine for ten days in a hotel,” that’s not how we can do it. “
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Wednesday he agreed with Klopp, saying it ‘doesn’t make sense’ to lose your best players for ten days – like the Portugal international Bruno Fernandes.
Solskjaer was asked about the predicament after the midweek draw at Crystal Palace and said: “We didn’t sit down and make a good call about it, but it doesn’t make sense if you lose your player for 10 days of isolation. .
“We are the ones who pay the players and from what I understand this is the rule, FIFA gave the rule that they must not be released so I think that would be a difficult call to make – let them go and play. in the countries of the red list. “
If Fernandes were to play for Portugal against Azerbaijan, Serbia and Luxembourg it could lead him to be out for up to three games for United between April 3 and 10.
The Norwegian added: “Of course I want Bruno to be ready against Brighton and I hope we will be done in Europe and against Tottenham after this break. Yes of course.”
Klopp, meanwhile, confirmed that Alisson and Fabinho will return for Liverpool against Chelsea on Thursday.
Number one Alisson was out for Sunday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United following the tragic news of his father’s death last week.
Klopp said: “Ali has been training all week and we should expect him to be able to come back.”
He also confirmed the return of Fabinho, who has missed his side’s last four games with a muscle injury.
“Fab has five or six sessions now and looks good. He’s ready for the team for sure, ”added Klopp.
Klopp hopes Jota will be available as well.
The forward returned to full training last week after recovering from a knee injury, but has struggled with the disease.
He said: “With Diogo he was with us at the hotel, but he fell ill during the night and we had to send him home. It depends on how quickly he will recover, obviously.
“He was part of the team and like I said before he trained with the team and everything looked really good, but unfortunately he got sick overnight. I think it will be available, but I don’t know.