After the farce of the September break, which saw the Brazilian FA attempt to invoke a five-day ban for players who were blocked call-ups, provisions have been made by the UK government.
So why could the Reds be without their No. 1 and No. 3 against both Watford and Atletico Madrid?
What has changed since last month?
Put simply, the UK government have allowed exemptions for footballers returning from red-listed countries, which allows them to leave their mandatory 10-day isolation once a day to train or play.
Under previous rules, players would have been required to isolate for 10 days in a designated hotel, unable to train and without the nutrition they require as elite athletes.
So in theory, those returning from duty will be able to play as normal while in quarantine.
Why would they miss the Watford game if they are exempt?
Brazil vs. Uruguay takes place in Manaus on Friday, October 15, kicking off at 1.30am UK time.
With Liverpool travelling to Vicarage Road for a 12.30pm kickoff the following day, there are less than 36 hours between the two games, meaning the turnaround is almost certainly too tight.
So what about the Atletico Madrid game?
However, with the Champions League clash an away game, it is highly unlikely they would be permitted to leave quarantine to travel and play in Madrid.
Is there another solution?
There are a number of possibilities, though not all of them are likely:
- This solves the issue, but would set a dangerous precedent with 16 European clubs affected by the late kickoff.
- This would allow them to play Atletico, before then beginning quarantine on their return to the UK.
3. They could fly straight to Watford after full-time against Uruguay
- The least likely solution, with Jurgen Klopp reluctant to select players on such a tight turnaround.
Who can replace them for Liverpool?
Replacing Fabinho may be more difficult.
When will they be back?
However, this would still come in less-than-ideal circumstances, as they would be in quarantine until the following day.
Will this happen again next month?
Reports claim that the government plans to remove Brazil and a number of other countries from the red list in time for the October half-term break, which falls near the end of the month.
Brazil are scheduled to play Colombia (November 11) and Argentina (November 16) in two World Cup qualifiers next month.