As Liverpool prepare to take on Watford on Saturday, they will take to the field without Brazilian’s Alisson Becker and Fabinho.
Both players were part of the Brazil squad that beat Uruguay 4-1 in the early hours of Friday morning.
All week there had been some debate as to whether the pair would make it back for the Premier League fixture at Vicarage Road.
Liverpool and their manager Jurgen Klopp finally gave up on Friday with the German admitting defeat in his press conference.
"The decision is the boys will go directly to Madrid and wait for us,"
"I'm not frustrated. Someone decided Brazil play last night and us early on Saturday. That has nothing to do with us. Yes, people will say you have a big squad but that's not to deal with football associations."
Klopp went on to talk about the Atletico Madrid game against Granada being postponed and explained that the two players will also not return from Spain with the rest of the squad due to COVID-19 rules
"Atletico aren't playing at the weekend and something like that would never happen here."
"They will come back slightly later back than us and come back in normal procedure."
The inflexibility of the Premier League is disappointing when you see the common sense approach applied by La Liga officials.
Both players are definite starters when fit and available so Liverpool will not be as strong as they would like.
Caoimhin Kelleher and whoever deputises for Fabinho should be more than good enough replacements however to help Klopp’s men to the victory.
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