Liverpool will have to do without Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita for up to a month in the 2021/22 Premier League season.

The Reds want to regain the championship title after an injury-related season in which Jürgen Klopp’s team lost dramatically.

Klopp’s men start the next season with a cheap list of games, including Norwich City, Burnley and Brentford in the first six games.

But the Reds will lose Mane, Salah and Keita due to the African Cup of Nations taking place, with the trio representing Egypt, Senegal and Guinea.

The tournament will take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022 – a year later than planned due to coronavirus fears.

Salah, Mane and Keita will all take part in the competition

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Liverpool will be involved in two Premier League games within those four weeks and will host newly promoted Brentford on January 15th before taking on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on January 22nd.

Another game the trio will miss is the third round of the FA Cup, which will be played on the weekend of January 8th and 9th.

The previous AFCON, which took place in 2019, took place between June and July and was very beneficial to Liverpool as no games were missed, although this is not the case for the 2017 tournament.

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Liverpool scored one win in the seven games Mane missed in 2017

Mane missed a total of seven games for Liverpool during AFCON 2017, with the Reds involved in major EFL Cup FA Cup and Premier League competitions.

When planning the tournament in 2021 at the end of 2019, the organizers of the event decided to move it from summer to winter due to the warm climate in the host country Cameroon in June and July.

Klopp reacted badly to this news in January 2020, telling reporters:

Klopp was upset last year after learning that the tournament dates had been changed

Klopp was upset last year after learning that the tournament dates had been changed

“The African Cup of Nations in January is a disaster for us.

“We’re not going to sell Sadio, Mo or Naby now because they have a tournament in January and February – of course not. But when you have to make a decision about hiring a player it is a massive one because you know ahead of the season that you won’t have it for four weeks.

“It’s a normal process and as a club you have to think about these things.”

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