Report: Liverpool could be without key trio for Man United clash due to FIFA regulation changes

Liverpool could be without Brazilian trio for Manchester United clash

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have been handed a boost for their big game against Liverpool in October as the Reds will be without key trio for the contest.

Liverpool come visiting to Old Trafford on October 24 for a Premier League encounter. However, they might have to do so without the Brazilian trio of Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino as per the report.

This is because of a recent change in regulation from FIFA, rescinding the rule that allowed Premier League clubs to stop players from joining up with their national teams for the South American leg of the World Cup qualifiers due to the pandemic.

Manchester United manager with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (GETTY Images)
Manchester United manager with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (GETTY Images)

“The temporary amendment was in place until April 2021 and is no longer in effect nor is it intended to be applied for September,’ a FIFA spokesman told The Mail on Sunday. Since the outset of the pandemic, FIFA has continued to work in close cooperation with the confederations, member associations and respective authorities, monitoring the different restrictions and exemptions around the world.

“The regulations have reflected this process, as best as is possible at the global level. FIFA is confident that the situation will continue as it was the case in June for qualifiers and final continental tournaments and that players will be able to travel to play with their national teams and return to play with their clubs.”

Brazil are set to play their World Cup qualifiers in September and October, with the squad for the same already being announced. And the Liverpool trio of Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino are all part of it, as is Manchester United’s Fred.

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With their final game in October getting over on October 12, players would be returning a day or two later and will then need to complete a ten-day quarantine with Brazil and Argentina being among the red-list countries.

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However, it must be noted that it is not all set in stone as things stand. While FIFA may be changing the rules, quarantine regulations could also be altered by the time the games happen. Nonetheless, as things stand, Liverpool run the risk of missing out on three key players for the big game against United.