Date published: Friday 2nd October 2020 1:17
Jurgen Klopp says he would like more help from national associations regarding travel arrangements for players called up for international duty.
With the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advising British nationals against all but essential international travel, Klopp admits the situation regarding Covid-19 is tricky.
The Liverpool boss was asked whether he would be releasing all his players who have been called up to represent their countries this weekend.
And while he did not answer the question directly he do suggest that more help from national associations would be useful.
Klopp said: “I don’t want to sound disrespectful as we don’t know what other countries are doing at the moment. But you want your family around you at times like this, and football team is the same.
“I’m not saying this is the safest place in the world, but we know how to deal with different situations.
“I am slightly concerned. It’s difficult to get in contact with all FAs over the world. I understand 100% the demands on FAs, but it is not exactly correct the information we get from some FAs. You just don’t know.
“We are alone in these situations. We send the players away and the PL and TV broadcasters gave us a challenge, because they don’t care if our players play in Peru on a Wednesday night, they say think it’s a good idea to then play again early on Saturday.
“If we use our normal flights they return on a Friday afternoon and we have to play on Saturday. We are just alone. Fans of other clubs say I moan. I don’t moan, its just difficult.
“The FA, Premier League and TV broadcasters do not care.
“We have to get our players home as quickly and as safely as possible. The FA do not pay for a private plane.
“They will have a test (Covid-19) on Friday and we have to wait for the result and it is really tricky.
“From time to time, a little bit more help would not be bad.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson is unlikely to feature against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Klopp said: “Hendo will be part of part of the training today. We will see. He has no issues. He’s not injured any more.
“Now we have to see if he can make the next step, what that means for the weekend we don’t know yet.
“It’s clear Hendo will use the time with the national team to get match fit. He only had four or five days training with us before the season.”
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