Liverpool believes FIFA has no legal basis to prohibit Premier League clubs from selecting South American players who were denied permission to serve on international duty this weekend.

On Wednesday, FIFA announced that it had invoked Article 5 to prevent Premier League clubs from selecting Brazilian players who had refused to be released for the most recent round of international matches.

At the request of the Brazilian Football Association, FIFA invoked Article 5 to impose the restriction period of September 10 -14, causing the players to miss this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures as well as Tuesday’s Champions League matches.

Liverpool would be among the worst affected by these restrictions, with Alisson, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho all currently ruled out of the trip to face Leeds on Super Sunday, who would also be missing Raphinha.

According to Sky Sports News, Liverpool believe FIFA has no basis to prevent the players from being selected by their clubs this weekend due to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the quarantine measures players would have had to face upon their return to the UK if they had travelled.

According to Sky Sports News, the majority of the clubs involved believe FIFA has no reason to ban the players.