Ex-manager predicts sanctions after update on Liverpool/Tottenham conflict
Alex McLeish has suggested clubs could look at preventing players travelling for international duty as Liverpool and Tottenham sweat over their stars.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss predicted Fifa sanctions, which could include a one-game domestic ban, could rise as clubs try to keep players from missing games.
As reported by the Telegraph (12th October), Jurgen Klopp is expecting to be without Alisson and Fabinho for Saturday’s early kick-off against Watford.
The duo are set to be in action for Brazil in the early hours of Friday morning (BST).
However, Nuno could have Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Emerson Royal and Davinson Sanchez available for Spurs’ trip to Newcastle on Sunday.
None of the South American contingent were given early releases by their countries.
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McLeish admitted clubs were facing the “old problems of club versus country”.
“Years and years ago, this was kind of discussed,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“It seems that the old problems are still there. The old problems of club versus country.
“Many managers in the past have said they don’t really care what happens at international level. They need their players to be at their clubs.
“If there’s any way to get them out of the squads, then that’s what happened at the time. Nowadays, it has moved on very, very far advanced in sports scientists, physios within the club.
“They’re throwing up amber cards two weeks in advance. Maybe a player’s going to get an injection. He can’t play the international games but they want to play the next league game.
“There was and is an international ruling that Fifa could say: ‘Well if you don’t play for your country, we’ll keep you out the next (league) game.’
“It seems like those rulings are going to come into the game big time.”
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