Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been in scintillating form this season.
Liverpool face the prospect of losing star forward Mohamed Salah for a staggering 10 games this winter as the Egyptian prepares to fly off for the African Cup of Nations. And that could mean boss Jurgen Klopp is forced to make January signings to ensure his side’s title hopes don’t go up in smoke.
The African Cup of Nations gets underway on January 9 when host nation Cameroon take on Burkina Faso in the opening game.
Egypt’s first encounter will come two days later when they go head-to-head with Nigeria.
But, according to The Athletic, Salah could be one of 40 Premier League players set to join up with their national sides as soon as clubs have played their Boxing Day fixtures.
If Salah does depart that early, it would mean he could potentially miss six Premier League games, two FA Cup encounters and two Carabao Cup clashes if Egypt make it all the way through to the final.
The Pharoahs will certainly fancy their chances of a good run with their talisman in his current form at club level but that wouldn’t be ideal for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Leicester City on Tuesday, December 28, before facing a crucial clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the New Year.
Liverpool could then potentially face a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final should they progress that far, either side of a third-round FA Cup encounter.
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After that the Reds return to Premier League action with clashes against Brentford and Crystal Palace to round out January.
And they could then face a potential FA Cup fourth-round match in February ahead of another top-flight match-up with Leicester and a trip to Burnley.
The African Cup of Nations final is set to be played on Sunday, February 6 and, if Egypt go all the way, Salah may not be available for Liverpool until the Champions League knockout stages get underway in mid-February.
Klopp would likely rest Salah for his side’s FA Cup encounters unless they are drawn against a fellow big side, after he scored twice in the fourth round away at Manchester United earlier this year.
It is unknown whether the Ballon d’Or nominee would be risked for the Carabao Cup semi-final if he was available for the Merseyside outfit anyway.
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