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Liverpool manager Klopp on internationals: Don't make players collateral damage
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on the football authorities to "find solutions" to call-ups for international matches.
Writing in the Liverpool programme on Wednesday, Klopp said the rules for the last international window made players "collateral damage".
Liverpool had four players who were not released to play for their nations because of travel restrictions.
The next international window is in October.
In August, Premier League clubs unanimously made the decision not to release players for international games in red-list countries as under current UK government rules, players would be forced to miss several games due to the 10-day isolation period required on return to the UK.
As a result, Liverpool did not permit Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and their three Brazilian players Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino to join up with their international sides.
At the time, Klopp said the prospect of 10 days' isolation for his players on their return from red-list countries would put their fitness at risk.
Now, he has asked for the countries affected not to hold it against the players involved and called on international organisations to find solutions to the problem.
"I pray that the fans in Brazil and the Egyptian supporters recognise the players are faultless in this," he wrote.
"In fact, they are the ones who suffer the most despite doing nothing wrong. They are punished for factors beyond their control.
"The players deserve that the people in power find solutions and not make them collateral damage."