Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has questioned the UK Government’s solution for Premier League players travelling to red-list countries during the international break.
Under the new rules, players will still have to quarantine in a hotel on their return to Britain, but they would be let out to train and play football games. Alisson believes it will cause just as many problems for players:
“Resolved I don’t say, because they solved a problem with another for us players. We will represent our team, which is our obligation, we are all very honoured. Going there and doing this, we are already far from our family, when go back, we have to stay away from them for another 10 days. Even with us fully vaccinated, even so, we have to go back and quarantine. We don’t want to be privileged, we just want the decisions taken to be coherent with reality. We understand the situation in the world, but the decisions that have been taken don’t make any sense.”
It looks as though Alisson, teammate Fabinho, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Manchester City pair Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Tottenham’s Emerson Royal, Manchester United’s Fred and Leeds’ Raphinha could all miss the first round of fixtures after the international break, but not because of quarantine.
Brazil’s game against Uruguay takes place on Friday, October 15th at 1:30 am UK time so it’s unlikely that any of them will be available for the matches on Saturday. There is a possibility that Emerson could play for Spurs against Newcastle on Sunday, October 17th but that is still a tight turnaround for the player.
It is also expected that Liverpool and Manchester City will be without their Brazilian stars for their Champions League games against Atletico Madrid and Club Brugge respectively. This is down to the fact that they won’t be allowed to leave the country during quarantine.