The Copa America kicks off next week on Friday 14th with hosts Brazil in a tight situation owing to the loss of their star man, Neymar.
After sustaining an ankle injury in a warm-up game against Qatar, Brazil boss Tite has had to draft in a replacement for the PSG megastar to join Brazilian Reds Alisson and Roberto Firmino.
At the helm of the Seleção, Tite has again overlooked Fabinho opting to keep his attacking choices open with the new inclusion of Chelsea’s Willian.
Despite having an impressive second half of the season and playing in a Champions League winning side – sadly for him – Fabinho will not be joining up with his teammates out in his native Brazil.
While we understand Tite wants to bring in another attacker, we still find it unbelievable he wouldn’t take a European Champion midfielder in top form to the tournament.
Jürgen Klopp, however, might welcome the news that the 25-year-old will have an extended break over the summer to be ready for pre-season duty in July.
The absence of Neymar also means that Bobby could be set to play a star role for Brazil in the tournament.
Having recovered from a groin injury that kept him out in the Barcelona fightback at Anfield, Bobby managed to start the Champions League final in Madrid and he’ll be raring to go in his home country.
Liverpool’s first pre-season game kicks off on July 11th against Tranmere Rovers, before another half dozen games the same month.