Liverpool ‘determined’ to play Brazil stars this weekend despite FIFA ban

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Liverpool are determined to play Brazilian trio, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino in their upcoming Premier League fixture against Leeds United despite being banned by governing body FIFA.

The ban has been invoked at the request of the Brazilian FA following the Reds reluctance to allow them to travel and partake in the Selecao's World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru.

Premier League clubs unanimously voted to not permit players to leave for international duty if they were playing in a country on the UK government's red list.

This is due to the 10 day quarantine period players would have had to endure on their return to club football.

But due to FIFA's five-day rule, which sees players who fail to link up for international duty after being selected banned for a short time period, Liverpool have been told Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino are unable to play.

However, the Liverpool Echo allege the Reds will carefully ponder their next step over the following 24 hours but are determined their players can and should be allowed to play this weekend.

This is due to the extraordinary circumstances which meant they would have been unable to report back from international duty as normal.

If the trio had reported for international duty, they would have missed Liverpool's next four fixtures due to the isolation period.

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Either way, one of FIFA or the FA would have prevented them from playing against Leeds United at the weekend.

Whilst Firmino is already ruled out of Sunday's clash with a hamstring problem, Alisson and Fabinho are key players for the Reds.

Alisson has started every game so far this season whilst Fabinho has only missed one Premier League match which was whilst on compassionate leave following a family bereavement.

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