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Liverpool, Manchester United to block stars from making March World Cup qualifiers


Liverpool and Manchester United are just two of the many Premier League clubs that are expected to bar their South American and Portuguese stars from appearing for the World Cup qualifiers in March, due to “red list” restrictions put in place by the government.

Travelers returning from Red List countries, including many countries in South America and Africa, will be required to self-isolate in a hotel for ten days when they land in the UK.

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South American players may be barred from showing up for international service | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

FIFA has also announced that clubs can now prevent any player from leaving the country, should they need to be quarantined upon returning from international service. According to The Mail, Liverpool are one of many Premier League sides determined to take full advantage of the new regulations.

The Reds are desperate to keep their hands on South American trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, as well as Portuguese winger Diogo Jota, who is also said to be flying to a Red List nation.

Jurgen Klopp’s stars are in the middle of a huge Premier League title battle and the possibility of losing a quartet of first-team regulars to their key game in early April could see them lose the trophy.

If the players make it to South America, they would be forced to skip the first two weeks of the game on their return and could also miss the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Bruno Fernandes could be barred from traveling by Man Utd | Alex Pantling / Getty Images

It’s not just Liverpool considering their options for the international break. United are also monitoring the situation of Bruno Fernandes, his talisman set to fly to Portugal where he will face Azerbaijan, before traveling to Serbia and Luxembourg.

The Red Devils know losing Fernandes would be a blow to their chances at the top of the table and they must be tempted to do everything in their power to keep him at Old Trafford throughout March.