Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has revealed his frustration after being told he is unable to play for the Brazilian national team during the upcoming international break.
The decision was made by Premier League clubs earlier this week not to release players for international fixtures which will be played in countries on the UK’s red list.
Alisson was meant to be part of the squad to play in Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Argentina next month alongside fellow Premier League players Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Thiago Silva, Fred, Richarlison and Raphinha.
After finding out the news that none of them will be allowed to travel, the Liverpool stopper said he was left disappointed.
‘Honestly I feel bad as I want to play for my national team, I want to play for Liverpool,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘I don’t want to get punished to take a decision, but from what I know it’s not even a decision. And we cannot choose to much in this moment.’
Meanwhile fellow Liverpool defender Joel Matip has declined an offer to resume his international career with Cameroon.
Matip decided to leave the national team in 2016, citing mismanagement issues and bad experiences with the coaching staff. He was called up to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but did not travel and subsequently confirmed his retirement from international football.
Lions boss Toni Conceicao revealed that he offered the 30-year-old a route back into the international fold, but the defender turned down the opportunity.
‘The situation of Matip is not new. There are players who wanted to come back to the national team. For me there is no need to enlist a player who is not ready to return,’ he said.
‘Matip does not want to return to the national team, that is the issue.’
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