Klopp says Liverpool will not make January signings due to AFCON
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Klopp says Liverpool will not make January signings due to AFCON

Jurgen Klopp says he and Liverpool will not be making any stop-gap signings to cope with AFCON-enforced absences in January.

What makes the thought of losing three players in January so daunting is how good they are. While Naby Keita isn’t a guaranteed starter, he is a very talented player and, whenever he’s on the field, he is capable of making a difference. His display at Old Trafford was the perfect example of what he can do.

But then you have Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. In Mane, you have got the best in his position in the Premier League. After a difficult 2020/21 campaign, the Senegal international is back to his best.

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In Salah, you have got the best player in the world right now. The Egyptian has 21 goals and nine assists this season and he could break his personal best of 44 goals and 16 assists in a single season.

But Liverpool will not be making any panic-induced decisions in the transfer market.

‘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?

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‘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.’

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