Ahead of AFCON fixtures lined up for Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Liverpool might fall into difficult circumstances during winter.
Liverpool might have to play a series of 10 games without their star forward Mohamed Salah during this winter. Reasonably, the Egyptian will have a trip for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Meaning, if Jurgen Klopp wants to keep the title hopes alive, he will have to find a way out of this forthcoming situation.
For those of you who are unaware, AFCON begins on January 9 where we will see host nation Cameroon clash against Burkina Faso. Salah and Egypt will face Nigeria on January 11. According to The Athletic, the Egypt international along with 39 other Premier League players will merge with their national sides immediately after the Boxing Day matches.
Therefore, if Salah departs promptly, he will skip six English League games, two FA Cup ties, and two Carabao Cup encounters. Although, this will happen only if Egypt manages to power through to the finals of the African Cup of Nations. And considering Salah’s red-hot form, his side will certainly fancy a ride to the ultimate stage of AFCON.
The final for the AFCON is set to be held on February 6, and if Egypt make it all the way, Salah might also miss Liverpool’s Champions League knockout fixtures. The trouble for Klopp is that he will have to work out his squad in the absence of two of his best strikers, Salah and Sadio Mane, who will fly for duty with Senegal.