- Liverpool tried to move their October 16 match from 12:30 pm to 7:45 pm
- Watford argued against the request, saying it would affect fans
- The Reds would have had the Brazilian trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino available.
- As it stands, they will play for Brazil against Uruguay about 24 hours earlier.
Liverpool asked Premier League chiefs to move their next match at Watford to the evening kick-off to make Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino available after international duty – but this was turned down by their opponents.
telegraph report That Watford opposed the request, arguing that fans would have already arranged travel plans and that it would be an inconvenience to them.
The Brazilian trio of Liverpool players have been called up to their national squad this week, and Watford are set to face Uruguay barely 24 hours before the game.
Roberto Firmino is one of a trio of Brazilian Liverpool players set to miss Watford game
Alisson is another after Liverpool’s request to move the game
Midfield star Fabinho (centre) will also miss the Reds’ trip to Vicarage Road later this month
Had the tie been pulled back, it would have given them the necessary break between matches to be able to play in the Premier League, but now they will all miss it.
Having turned down the request, Liverpool will now be forced to play the game on 16 October at 12:30 as initially planned, rather than the 7:45 pm kick-off they said.
The impressive Brazilian trio will now be able to play if their country releases them for club duty ahead of their last match against Uruguay.
Jurgen Klopp was eager to move his side’s Saturday 12:30 p.m. game into the 7:45 p.m. kick-off
Watford argued that fans may have already made travel arrangements for the match.
It is reported that a private jet was put on standby after the Uruguay game to take them home directly from Manaus in case the Watford match was called back.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will not be the only Premier League outfit to be affected by the upcoming South American qualifiers, along with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, Leeds and Aston Villa.