Liverpool have received a double selection boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Leeds United this afternoon after Alisson Becker and Fabinho were cleared to play.
What’s the word?
It seemed as though the South American players in English football would be unable to play any part in this weekend’s action after a dispute occurred regarding coronavirus regulations.
However, the issues have now been resolved, so Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be able to call upon the services of his first-choice goalkeeper and holding midfielder.
A BBC Sport report stated: “England-based players have been cleared to play for their clubs this weekend after complaints about their failure to report for international duty were dropped.
“Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay had invoked a Fifa rule which would have meant players not released for the recent South American World Cup qualifiers were suspended from playing for five days.
“But the countries have withdrawn their complaints, which would have stopped 12 players appearing this weekend. All countries involved waived the bans after talks with football’s world governing body Fifa.”
Jurgen Klopp will be delighted
News that Fabinho and Alisson will be allowed to travel with the squad to Elland Road this afternoon will leave Klopp feeling delighted, given their importance to the Reds.
Liverpool’s Brazilian shot-stopper has kept two clean sheets in his opening three Premier League games of the season, while his compatriot played the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea last time out and has been a regular in Klopp’s first XI during his time at Anfield.
A trip to south Yorkshire will be another tricky test for the Reds, but their task should have been made somewhat easier after the sudden U-turn regarding their South American contingent.