Watford reject kickoff request & fresh forward enquiry – Liverpool FC Roundup

The international break is now upon Liverpool and it continues to throw up one conundrum after another, with kickoff requests denied and quarantine protocols to navigate.


Watford deny Reds’ kickoff change request

Jurgen Klopp has been very vocal about the exemptions for internationals heading to red-list countries, saying it “doesn’t sound to me like a real solution.”

And to assist with their tight turnaround on the first game back at Watford, Liverpool last month had requested the 12.30pm kickoff at Vicarage Road be pushed back to 7.45pm for the October 16 match.

This would allow Alisson and Fabinho to have more than just 35 hours between one kickoff with Brazil and the next with Liverpool, but Watford opposed the plan citing fan inconveniences.

It means the Brazilian duo are set to miss the trip due to a lack of time to recover and prepare. With a 10-day quarantine also highly unlikely to see them feature at Atletico.

What a farce this international malarkey is with the pandemic still ongoing.


International conundrums for the Reds

  • Alisson and Fabinho are likely to miss both games at Watford AND Atletico – we explain all the reasons why here and possible solutions.
  • But the Brazilian FA are to play hard ball with one such solution with no early return to the UK to be sanctioned after their second game.
  • Nevertheless, it’s no substitute for Liverpool but there’s plenty of Reds to keep an eye on throughout the break, and this is how you can watch them in action.


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Tweet of the day and match of the night

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With the international break only just starting it’s a quiet night, but you can tune in to watch the next gen with Liverpool’s Under-21s in the EFL Cup at Bolton on LFCTV, kickoff is at 7pm (BST).

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