Liverpool star rules himself, Brazilian teammate out of Watford clash

Liverpool star Fabinho believes that neither he or Alisson will be available for Jurgen Klopp’s side, in their Premier League clash against Watford at the weekend.

The Reds could briefly go top of the table, should they beat the Hornets in the lunch time kick-off on Saturday afternoon.

However, they are likely to miss the Brazilian pair who are still away on international duty and set to face Uruguay at 1.30am British time on Friday morning – just 35 hours before kick-off at Vicarage Road.

Speaking to Brazilian press, Fabinho has admitted he can’t see himself or Alisson taking part in the game due to the quick turnaround required to participate.

He also claimed the club are deciding whether they should stay in a hotel in England while they quarantine, or whether they should stay in Spain before the Reds face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The midfielder said, via Daily Mail: “I believe that this first match against Watford it will be very hard for us, I don’t think we will play. Neither Alisson or myself.

“The match against Uruguay will be Friday overnight there (in the United Kingdom) and the match against Watford will be half past noon.

“With all of what is involved, travel, I don’t know how much time we will have between one game and the other.

“I believe that we won’t be playing. We will also be in quarantine, but the club is still studying whether it is better to go straight to Spain to play against Atletico Madrid and quarantine there, without staying in a hotel in England.”

Ronaldo says Lionel Messi should not be awarded Ballon d’Or this season, reveals star deserving award

Ronaldo doesn’t believe Lionel Messi should win a seventh Ballon d’Or this season.

Instead, the legendary Brazilian striker reckons Real Madrid star Karim Benzema should win the illustrious award for the first time.

Writing on Facebook, Ronaldo explained, via the Mirror: “Without a doubt, my candidate for the Ballon d’Or is Benzema. The best striker, brutal level for 10 years and champion above all. Don’t you think?”

The Ballon d’Or shortlist was recently announced and contains 30 names including Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as well as candidates from the Premier League, including, Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling.

Messi is the favourite to scoop the award with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho also strong contenders.

Benzema is one of only two candidates from Real Madrid, alongside former Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, showing the La Liga giant’s decline in recent seasons.