Jurgen Klopp has hinted at what approach Liverpool will take regarding the release of their players in the upcoming March international break.
Liverpool are in the midst of an enthralling scrap to secure Champions League qualification in the Premier League.
With a festive run of fixtures that saw their title defence collapse, every game has taken on greater importance in their bid for a top four finish.
Having their best players available is a must, but that luxury could be scuppered by the looming late-March international break.
Speaking to the press ahead of their crunch clash with Chelsea, Klopp hinted that Liverpool will not release any player for international duty if a 10-day quarantine period is required upon their return to the country.
As things stand, Brazilian trio Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino, along with Portuguese Diogo Jota would be affected.
Under that circumstance, clubs are not required to release their players, though that could cause friction with the respective country’s FA.
“I have different things I could say but we are concerned, yes,” said Klopp (via the Liverpool Echo). “About all the things. All the things that happened in the last few months.
“Whenever someone had to leave the bubble. In the bubble we have had cases but we are without cases for a long time, but it never spread. There was self-isolation.
“There were two periods in the last international break when more cases come up and the Christmas period obviously which we were all involved (in). It was a challenge for all of society.
“It’s going in the right direction in England and looks positive and promising. Yes, we are concerned by these things.”
“Everyone agrees” it cannot happen – Klopp
He continued: “The only problem I have is what is a red list county. England is doing well at the moment but we are on the red list for some other countries. It is not easy for us to travel from England.
“Having more information would be great. We don’t get that information. FIFA was kind of clear.
“We don’t have to let the players go this time and all the clubs agree we cannot let the players just go and sort the situation when they come back with a 10-day quarantine in a hotel.
“I understand the need of the different FAs but this is a time where you can’t make everyone happy and we have to admit the players are paid by the clubs.
“That means we have to be first priority. That’s how it is. That means, with the competitions coming up in the summer, you cannot make everyone happy at the same time in this period of our lives.
“And this is why we are not 100% sure because it is not clear because some countries might change the venues where they play.
“The whole situation is similar to the Champions League. We always have to wait until the last second pretty much because people need time to make decisions.
“We don’t think too much about it because we are not influential in it. We just deal with the things other people decided and have got kind of used to it.
“But everyone agrees we cannot just let the players go, play for their countries then come back and having to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel. That is not how we can do it.”