Klopp: tough situation with Covid-19 infections and Liverpool losing Salah, Mane, Keita

The German strategist explains his plans in the absence of the trio that goes to Afcon

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp addressed the impact of the defeat of forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and midfielder Naby Keita in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 33rd edition of the African competition will start on January 9th in Cameroon and the Reds will lose the services of the trio that will represent their respective countries in the tournament which runs until February 6th.The German strategist explains his plans in the absence of the trio that goes to Afcon

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp addressed the impact of the defeat of forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and midfielder Naby Keita in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 33rd edition of the African competition will start on January 9th in Cameroon and the Reds will lose the services of the trio that will represent their respective countries in the tournament which runs until February 6th.

Salah, who has scored 15 Premier League goals in 19 games so far this season, will represent Egypt, Mane will play for Senegal, while Keita will play for Guinea.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s visit to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the 54-year-old German strategist was asked what he thought of the trio heading to Afcon.

“Especially in our situation now, we’ve known for a little longer that the situation will be difficult because it’s not just about losing three players,” said Klopp, quoted by the club’s official website.

“The players we have right now aren’t available to [Chelsea] from Covid’s point of view – I’m not 100 percent sure we’ll see that exactly – but at least some of them won’t be available for Arsenal’s first game for sure. .

“So we have to see. That’s how you do it – you have to solve football problems with football solutions. Football solutions will happen with the players we have, and that’s what we’re going to try and that’s what we’re going to do ”.

Klopp continued: “Planned for the long term, I know exactly how we could play if everyone else is fit and healthy and available, that’s no problem and it would be a strong team and all that sort of thing.

“But I don’t know who is available as of the 3rd, so let’s take a look at the moment we know that. So we’ll find the solution to that, we’ll play football and see how to overcome them.

“It all depends, however, on who is available, this is how it works. We will see.”

While Salah is in great form, Mane has gone nine games without a goal or assist for Liverpool this season.

Salah’s pharaohs will open their campaign with a game against Nigeria, Teranga’s Lions of Mane will face Zimbabwe, while Keita’s Syli Nationale will file a lawsuit against Malawi.

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