Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he still has “no idea” if the club’s Brazilian players will be able to face Leeds United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
On Wednesday it was revealed that FIFA had invoked Article 5 to block Premier League clubs from selecting Brazilian players who they had refused to release for the latest round of international fixtures, following a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation.
If enforced, those players would miss this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures and also Tuesday’s Champions League matches.
Liverpool would be one of the Premier League clubs hit hardest by these restrictions with Alisson, Fabinho and Robert Firmino, who is currently injured, banned from playing in the match against Leeds.
Liverpool believe FIFA has no basis with which to ban clubs from selecting the players but Klopp admits he is unsure if he will be allowed to pick the Brazilians on Sunday, as discussions continue over their availability.
“I have no idea when I can expect a solution,” Klopp said.
“We will see. I don’t know at the moment when I will have to make a decision about it. But there will be a moment.
“Today’s training session will obviously be a very important one, it would nice if we could train with the team I want to play on Sunday. We will see.”
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