Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has come out to say that the club won’t decide when Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita will leave for AFCON. Recall that 29-year-old Salah will lead Egypt at Afcon, set for Cameroon from January 9, Mane will feature for Senegal while Keita will turn out for Guinea.
According to Klopp, even if FIFA regulations state that the players are scheduled to leave after LFC’s Premier League match against Leeds United on December 26, Liverpool is negotiating with the football associations over the possibility of delaying that date.
He added that the club and fans can only be optimistic ahead of the final decision by FIFA.
His words, “It’s not decided yet, definitely. I would say I’m an optimistic person, so I hope so but it’s not written in stone yet.”
“It’s not completely in our hands obviously – and no problem with that – but of course we hope. ‘Confidence’ is maybe not the right word for it.”
On Keita and Gomes’ injuries, “[They were involved in] big parts [of the session]. It was really nice to see.”
“We didn’t let them do the full session because medical told us not to do that, but they looked brilliant.”
“They now use the next two or three days to do the stuff they have to while being part of team training – and then I think from Sunday on, if nothing happens between now and then, they should be in contention again.”
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