Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp prepares for life without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, where the two are scheduled to participate in the African Cup of Nations next January.
Liverpool will hold talks aimed at reducing the time their key players are absent from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Under current rules, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp faces the nightmare of losing his two biggest attacking stars, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, in eight potentially crucial matches in the new year.
Naby Keita will also be required to attend the tournament that will be held in Cameroon next January, and the Liverpool team will be under severe pressure due to this absence.
FIFA rules state that clubs can request the release of their players on December 27, in the tournament that runs until the second week of February.
Liverpool are playing up to eight games in that time, with pivotal fixtures for their season against the likes of Chelsea and Leicester City in the Premier League, and facing the FA Cup third round, while they could also play in the League Cup semi-finals.
And according to the British newspaper, the Mirror, Klopp has a good relationship with all three national teams, and he hopes talks during the upcoming international break in November will convince the three countries to release their players in January instead of December.
Faces Leferball Chelsea on January 2, and Klopp hopes that Salah and Mane will stay until this match, and if the Egyptian and Senegalese leave after that match, they will have more than a week to prepare for the opening matches.
Senegal and Guinea play their opening matches on January 10th, while Egypt plays on January 11th.
The competition deadline has been set for February 6, and if an agreement can be reached, then the three players could return to face Leicester and Chelsea, which would be a huge boost for Liverpool.
Speaking about the timing of the African Nations Cup in January 2020, Klopp said: “I love competition…but the African nations going back to January is a disaster for us.”
“Moreover, we have absolutely no strength, so if we say we won’t let them go, the player will be suspended, how can a club that pays a player his salary can’t decide whether he stays or not?”