Fabinho and Alisson: Liverpool duo expected to miss Premier League match against Watford on Saturday

Fabinho, Alisson and Raphinha are set to be involved for Brazil against Uruguay on Thursday night at 1.30am; Liverpool play Watford at 12.30pm and Leeds play Southampton at 3pm on Saturday

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Liverpool's Fabinho does not believe he and Alisson will have enough time to make it back from Brazil duty for Liverpool's game against Watford on Saturday

Liverpool's Brazilian duo Fabinho and Alisson are expected to miss out on their Premier League match against Watford on Saturday.

Both are in the Brazil squad for their clash against Uruguay at 1.30am on Friday morning UK time, which kicks off just 35 hours before they are due to play on Saturday at 12.30pm.

Watford had reportedly snubbed a Liverpool request to move their meeting to an evening kick-off.

Midfielder Fabinho revealed that due to the quick turnaround, he and goalkeeper Alisson might struggle to make it to Watford in time.

Liverpool's Fabinho during the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, England, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Image: Fabinho does not expect to play for Liverpool against Watford on Saturday

"I believe that this first match against Watford, it will be very hard for us," he said. "I don't think we'll play. Neither Alisson nor myself.

"The match against Uruguay will be Friday overnight there (in the United Kingdom) and the match against Watford is at 12:30pm (Saturday).

"With all of what is involved with travel, I don't know how much time we'll have between one game and the other.

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After Watford, Liverpool travel to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week, and Fabinho revealed the club are already considering flying the pair directly out to Spain instead of returning to England and entering a 10-day quarantine period.

He said: "We will also need to quarantine, but the club is still studying whether it is better to go straight to Spain to play against Atletico and quarantine there, without staying in a hotel in England."

Alexander-Arnold, Jota available for Watford clash

Trent Alexander-Arnold is due to return for Liverpool this weekend following a muscle injury

Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota are expected to be available for the club's Premier League game against Watford on Saturday.

Right-back Alexander-Arnold sustained a muscle problem prior to the international break which meant he was absent from the 5-1 win away at Porto and the 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City.

Portugal forward Jota was sent home early from international duty after a muscle issue prevented him from training before his country's victory over Qatar last Saturday.

Bielsa not ruling out Raphinha despite short turnaround

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa speaks with Raphinha on the touchline during the Premier League match at Elland Road, Leeds. Picture date: Saturday October 2, 2021.
Image: Marcelo Bielsa says Raphinha could feature against Southampton this weekend

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, meanwhile, has not ruled Raphinha out of Saturday's Premier League game at Southampton - a 3pm kick-off - despite his involvement with Brazil.

Raphinha is reportedly poised to make his first start for Brazil in the early hours of Friday morning against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier.

"There is no doubt that it's a short turnaround," Bielsa said. "The options he has to participate in the game on Saturday depends on whether he plays this final game tonight, how many minutes he plays, how he finishes the game after participating in it and how efficient his rest in the next 36 hours is.

"Considering that a third of those hours he will spend on a flight and if there is any risk that fatigue could cause injuries, then we won't risk it.

"There are so many aspects to consider that I can't offer you any certainty either way."

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