'A different scenario': McManaman explains what could force Liverpool into January signings
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McManaman says he doesn't expect January deals from Liverpool despite AFCON

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman does not expect his former side to make any new signings this winter.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are all due to leave for AFCON at the end of December and Liverpool could be without them until the end of January.

They could miss several Premier League matches and Jurgen Klopp is now forced to navigate a key part of the football calendar without three of his best players.

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Despite this and the issues with cover in midfield and attack already, Mcmanaman doesn’t think Liverpool will buy any new players in the winter transfer window which opens on January 1.

Writing in his column for horseracing.net, McManaman said: “Roberto Firmino’s injury doesn’t mean that Liverpool have to panic buy in the January transfer window.

“There are different severities of hamstring injuries, but I’d like to think that Roberto Firmino will have recovered by January.

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“Divock Origi has done really well in his cameo appearances recently. He was very good against Preston in the League Cup and he was on the score-sheet on Sunday in the defeat by West Ham.

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“He was a real threat and he provided something different to what Liverpool have got already. Even though he’s not an especially strong player, he’s a tall lad and he caused problems in the air.

“From a buying perspective, I don’t think there’s any reason for Liverpool to panic yet. If one of the other forwards gets injured however, then that presents a different scenario.

“The way Firmino walked off after his injury against Atlético Madrid suggests to me that he will be OK for January and Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are able short-term replacements.”

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