‘You don’t even play”: These fans react as £43.7m Liverpool star opens up about “difficult situation”

Fabinho has opened up about how ‘difficult’ the situation with the Brazilian FA and the Premier League is as he and Alisson Becker face a five-day ban and could miss the Leeds clash.

Roberto Firmino is also suspended but given that the forward is injured, it doesn’t really impact on Liverpool’s squad selection for the weekend.

“It’s a difficult situation, because we want to defend our country, we want to play for the Brazilian team,” Fabinho is quoted telling ESPN Brasil.

“But I don’t think it’s just between club and national team. It’s a government rule, I don’t think the English FA could change that, I think.

“I believe that FIFA would not be able to change either, neither Conmebol nor the CBF. We players are in the middle of this kind of dispute, right, without much to do. Because it was a Premier League decision not to release us.

Fabinho

“And on the one hand, we even understand, because on the way back I would have to stay 10 days in a hotel. Maybe lose three games. And 10 days is enough for you to lose a game rhythm. So it’s hard.

“So we stay in the middle of this dispute hoping that there is really a solution.”

Liverpool and their Premier League counterparts believe they’re in the right as they’re acting with the best interests of the global pandemic in mind although they’re also being selfish but that’s to be expected of football clubs.

Can you blame them? If Fabinho and Alisson had gone to Brazil and had been made to honour the 10-day quarantine rule, they would miss as many as three games for Liverpool and as supporters on social media have pointed out, Fabinho doesn’t even start for Brazil.

Liverpool signed Fabinho in 2018 for £43.7m and the Brazilian immediately became one of the first names on the team sheet for the Reds and while we constantly bang on about Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.

Without his defensive work in front of the back four, Liverpool are so much more prone to counterattacks and so Jurgen Klopp will be hugely relieved if he can name him in his starting XI this weekend.

At the very least, the German will rest easy knowing that Fabinho and Alisson will be available when AC Milan rock up at Anfield on Wednesday for the first Champions League game of the season.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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