Liverpool handed double boost but Takumi Minamino set to miss out
Liverpool boosted by FIFA statement
Just 24 hours ago, Liverpool were set to be without both Alisson and Fabinho, with the Brazilian federation hoping to impose sanctions on players refusing to join up with the national teams for the World Cup qualifiers.
Understand Brazil have asked FIFA to invoke five-day rule, so eight PL players can’t play this weekend – affects Liverpool, Man City, Leeds, Man Utd, Chelsea. Thiago Silva and Fred can’t play on Tuesday either. Richarlison can play for Everton v Burnley on Monday.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 8, 2021
Brazil asked FIFA to impose the “5 day” rule, which would have banned players from playing domestically for that period of time, and would have seen both of Liverpool’s Brazilians miss out in the game against Leeds.
However, this has since been reversed, with an official FIFA statement revealing that:
Based on positive signals and constructive dialogue FIFA has received from the UK government towards the international match window in October, recognising that players have no control over the extreme situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and sanitary restrictions currently imposed and, as a sign of good faith, goodwill and cooperation, the member associations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay, in close consultation with FIFA, have taken the decision to withdraw their complaints in relation to the England-based players, and players bound to play in England, who were not released for the recent international matches.
This will come as a massive boost to reds fans, who will be looking to avoid the mass issues that they had last campaign.
Minamino unlikely to feature, striking options short
However, Liverpool are set to be without Takumi Minamino, who will join fellow forward Roberto Firmino on the sidelines. The Japanese international picked up a knock on international duty, which leaves Klopp with just Divock Origi as an option of the bench to bolster his forward line.
🚨 NEW: Takumi Minamino is not expected to be involved versus Leeds after sustaining a knock with Japan, but James Milner has returned to training and could come back into contention to face his boyhood club. #awlive [lfc]
Full team news: https://t.co/k4QgrMY6Cv pic.twitter.com/UQOfRNedJQ
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) September 11, 2021
With Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane both set to disappear for part of the season due to the Africa Cup of Nations, surely Liverpool will dip back into the transfer market in January for attacking reinforcements?