The three Liverpool players who could miss Leeds United clash due to Brazil row



Leeds United will be hoping to secure their first Premier League win of the season when they face Liverpool at Elland Road next weekend.

It has been a mixed start for the Whites, who fell to a 5-1 defeat at Manchester United before earning a valuable point against Everton and Burnley.

They did, however, beat Crewe Alexandra 3-0 in the Carabao Cup to book their place in the third round, with a trip to Fulham on the horizon.

This will likely pose Marcelo Bielsa with a very different test to the previous three, but Leeds won’t fear their opponents having run them close on both occasions last term.

Having suffered an unfortunate 4-3 loss at Anfield, the Whites held Liverpool to a draw back in April as Diego Llorente’s late strike earned a share of the spoils.

The Reds are currently unbeaten so far this season, but they could be dealt with a triple blow ahead of the clash in West Yorkshire.

Fabinho, Alisson and Roberto Firmino were all called up to the latest Brazil squad, but have been unable to travel to South America after the Premier League agreed to not send players to red list countries.

According to The Times, the Brazilian Football Federation will demand that FIFA implement a “five day” rule that bans the trio from playing for their club after the international break for five days.

If this decision goes through, then it would mean all three players could be absent for the trip to Leeds and disrupt the preparation for their Champions League tie against AC Milan.

Leeds, however, have their own predicament, as Raphinha is in a similar situation having been selected for his first Brazil camp and could face a short-term ban, too.

It isn’t just those three players who could be absent for Liverpool, with Curtis Jones and Neco Williams both ruled out of their opening three matches, whilst Firmino has been nursing a hamstring injury.

The Reds haven’t confirmed whether they will be fit for the clash but most of their squad are currently on international duty and will be hoping they come back unscathed.

With seven points from a possible nine, Liverpool currently sit in fifth-place and will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Alisson has been one of their outstanding performers so far, making some excellent saves in the victories against Norwich and Burnley and would a big miss.

Fabinho and Firmino haven’t featured as heavily, but the latter did score on the opening day despite only coming on as a second-half substitute.

Bielsa has issues of his own but could give Daniel James his debut and it would be a perfect opportunity if Brazil decide to punish the Premier League players, including Raphinha.





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