Journalist drops further claim in wake of AFCON reports; Liverpool plans hinge on outcome
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Journalist drops claim in wake of AFCON reports that will hit Liverpool

Liverpool face a strange wait over AFCON after reports on Wednesday. The tournament’s status is in doubt right now.

Reports circulated on Wednesday that the Africa Cup of Nations could be postponed once again this January. Daily Mail journalist David Lynch said as much on Twitter, going on to explain that clubs had major concerns over player welfare.

Now, if it does go ahead, AFCON threatens to disrupt Liverpool’s season. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will all disappear to the tournament next month, carving a chunk out of the squad.

Liverpool can just about cover Keita, given their number of midfield options. Salah and Mane, however, are irreplaceable. The squad lacks wingers – let alone world-class ones.

The duo are the club’s top scorers, with Salah also leading in assists. In fact, he leads the Premier League in both ways.

Thus news that AFCON might not happen would benefit Liverpool. They’d have their strongest squad – and best players – for the entire season, after all.

But it does sound as though Liverpool shouldn’t get too excited. Journalist Melissa Reddy claims the CAF (African football’s governing body) is adamant that the tournament will go ahead in Cameroon next month.

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Liverpool unclear on AFCON

Really, the status around AFCON has been unclear for a while. This is a tournament that’s already been postponed, after all, but things like ‘when will players actually leave their clubs?’ is up in the air.

Now the tournament itself is up in the air. That creates problems for Liverpool beyond uncertainty, though.

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Fabrizio Romano claims the club will look at wingers in January to cover the absence of their star forwards. But Liverpool can’t exactly move forward on those plans if they’re unsure if it’s needed.

After all, January isn’t an easy market to buy in and any signings could well be ‘overpriced’. Liverpool would only be open to that if there’s a desperate need and if there isn’t that need, they surely won’t buy in January.

So where do Liverpool go from here? They wait longer, unfortunately. AFCON’s status will affect them either way – they just need an answer soon.

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