Liverpool are set to hold talks to cut their key players’ time away from the Africa Cup of Nations as Jurgen Klopp faces life without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Reds’ campaign was decimated last season as injuries stripped their team bare. Now, Liverpool risk becoming eliminated again at the next African Cup of Nations.
The tournament means Klopp will suffer the nightmare of being without Mane – who plays for Senegal – and Salah, who leads Egypt – up front, with Naby Keita in midfield.
Jurgen Klopp (left) could face eight games without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane (right)
The CAN is scheduled from January 9 to February 6, 2022, following the change of tournament compared to last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But under current FIFA rules, qualifying countries can request that their players be released on December 27 after their Premier League Boxing Day matches.
Liverpool could play eight potential matches in that span, including four Premier League games, two FA Cup fixtures and two Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Midfielder Naby Keita (center), who scored against Atletico Madrid, will also leave for CAN
But the Reds boss has a good relationship with all three national teams and hopes talks over the November international break will persuade countries to release their players in January, according to The Mirror.
Klopp’s side will travel to Leicester City on December 28, before facing a crucial clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 2 and Liverpool will be desperate to keep their frontline stars for critical games.
If the Merseysiders can persuade the respective nations to let the trio go after the trip to Chelsea earlier in the year, it would give them still more than a week to prepare for the opener.
The Egyptian has been in phenomenal form this season and his absence will be a big blow
CAN will kick off on January 9 when host country Cameroon faces Burkina Faso in the opening match.
Senegal and Guinea will play their opener on January 10, while Egypt’s first meeting will take place two days later when they face Nigeria.
The final is scheduled to be played on February 6 and if Egypt, Senegal or Guinea make it through, one or more African Reds delegations may not be available for club matches before the start of the round of 16. the Champions League at half-time. February.
The Pharoahs in particular will certainly want to have a good race with their talisman, but life without Salah will be nothing short of a blow to Liverpool.
Egypt will certainly imagine its chances of a good race armed with its Salah talisman
The Ballon d’Or nominee has been in great shape this quarter, scoring 12 goals in all competitions so far and showing no signs of stopping.
Klopp has not shied away from voicing his feelings about the tournament’s impact in the past, calling it a “disaster.”
Speaking of the CAN schedule in January 2020, Klopp said: “I love the competition… [but] the African Cup of Nations which dates back to January is, for us, a disaster.
“On top of that we have absolutely no power, so if we said ‘We don’t let him go’ the player is suspended.
“How is it possible that the company that pays the player cannot decide whether the player should stay or not?” “
Potential matches Liverpool will be without Mane and Salah
December 28 – Premier League – Leicester City (A)
January 2 – Premier League – Chelsea (A)
W / C January 3 – Carabao Cup semi-final first leg
January 8 – Third round of the FA Cup
W / C January 10 – Semi-final second leg of the Carabao Cup
January 15 – Premier League – Brentford (H)
22 janvier – Premier League – Crystal Palace (A)
February 5 – Fourth round of the FA Cup