Jose Mourinho agrees with Jurgen Klopp that club duty must be the top priority for players but is waiting to see how the coming weeks pan out amid uncertainty regarding the upcoming international break.
Liverpool manager Klopp said he could not allow Reds stars to join up with their national teams if it meant a period of quarantine and missing Premier League matches.
“The players are paid by the clubs so that means we have to be the first priority,” he said.
Premier League players travelling to ‘red list’ countries during this month’s break would be forced to quarantine for 10 days when they return to England.
Klopp’s sentiments have been met with approval by other top-flight coaches, including Spurs boss Mourinho.
But the Portuguese is still waiting to see the impact of the international matches, believing late changes to the schedule could yet ease the burden.
“In this moment, I don’t want to speak,” Mourinho said. “In this moment, I want to see what is going to happen.
“Do you know, for example, if Argentina-Brazil is going to be played in South America or if it’s going to be played, for example, in London? I don’t know.
“I know little things; I know Portugal will play in Turin, I know Norway will play in Spain. I don’t know much.
“Let’s see what is going to happen, where the matches are going to be played.
“Of course, the clubs have the right to protect themselves, because Jurgen is right: the clubs pay the players.”