Liverpool's Klopp works on solution to missing of Egypt's Salah and Senegal's Mane during AFCON

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Sep 2021

The English Premier League giants will lose the services of their due African stars due to their participation in the 2021 AFCON after their national teams already booked their places in the tournament's finals

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp announced he is preparing his squad to deal with absence of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah and Senegalese forward Sadio Mane during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that will kick off next January.

The English Premier League giants will lose the services of their due African stars due to their participation in the AFCON after their national teams already booked their places in the tournament's finals.

"We knew it [Salah and Mane’s absences], we have to deal with it and we will deal with it. How? We will see in January," Klopp told a press conference ahead of the game against Leeds United on Saturday.

"People now say we have to sign two strikers with the same quality of Sadio and Mo," he added.

"That cannot be a solution as we cannot do that, so we have to find a solution for that in January."

Salah has been one of Liverpool's standout performers since joining from AS Roma in the summer of 2017 as he finished as the Premier League's top scorer in 2018 and 2019 and led Liverpool to several titles, including a long-awaited league crown and the lucrative Champions League trophy.

The 29-year-old made a fine start to the new season, netting two goals in the opening three Premier League games.

Mane is also one of the Reds' key players since joining the team in 2016 coming from English Premier League side Southampton as he scored 75 goals in 165 appearances in al competitions with Liverpool.

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals will be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

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