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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp unfazed by Salah’s AFCON leave

Mohamed Salah
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The Reds will have to start the 2024 matches without their key striker.

Liverpool have viable solutions to cope with the absence of Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo in the near future, according to Jurgen Klopp.

Salah and Endo are set to join Egypt and Japan for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and the Asia Cup, respectively. Their departure will create a significant gap in Liverpool’s squad, as they are already dealing with personnel issues in several positions. 

However, Klopp believes that previous experiences have shown that Liverpool can cover for the absence of their key stars.

“Each long-term plan I could have had depends massively on who is available. So why should I think in October who I can use when Mo is away, when I have no clue who is available?” the Liverpool manager told reporters on Friday.

“We have solutions today and I hope we have that after Newcastle as well. It is not the first time, it is a really very average situation that you lose your goal scorer. But we had it even worse in the past when both Sadio [Mane] and Mo left. We always came through it. Traditionally at least one of them went far in the tournament at least, which makes it even worse.”

Liverpool will take on Newcastle in their next Premier League game before meeting Arsenal in the FA Cup on January 7.