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Liverpool boss confident his side will cope without Mane, Salah, Keita during AFCON

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Liverpool duo Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane Liverpool duo Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team will cope without three of his stars Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita in January during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The German trainer has no plans to find solutions in the January transfer window to fill the void in the absence of the trio.

The Reds boss could be without at least two members of that trio for a month from the start of January and while Egyptian Salah and Senegal’s Mane will be huge misses, it is difficult to replace them.

“We knew three would be qualified and be there and we knew that at least two of them will go pretty far in the tournament,” said Klopp.

“Can you be prepared for something like that, properly, perfectly? Like a one-for-one replacement for Sadio, a replacement for Mo, one replacement for Naby?

“That’s tricky in each situation but I am happy with the squad and we have options to play and still to play football.

“The thing is there are so many games coming up when we are still together – that is the most intense period now – but then we have a lot of games when Mo and Naby and Sadio are not here.

“That means we have to find line-ups for these games, even when we have cup competitions we have to find line-ups for these games as well, and that is the situation so you can never be perfectly prepared for this.

“We are quite confident we will find solutions.”

Klopp is confident the players who be left to the task in the absence of the African players will be able to cope with the pressure and win games.

“Whoever will play in the period when the three boys are not here, will have a plan, and gives us a chance to win a football game,” he added.

“Can we play exactly the same kind of football? Probably not – but who cares? Then we play the football we are able to play then.

“You cannot always have the perfect solution. In this case we are far away from being the perfect solution without these players but we knew it and we now we have to deal with it.”



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