Liverpool played their second game without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita when they drew goalless with Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup at An field on Thursday night.
After the game, the German tactician Jurgen Klopp noted that there is no team that would not miss the aforementioned players at such a moment.
“Tell me one team who would not miss Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Naby Keita? Could we have been better prepared for it? I do not think so,” the former Dortmund manager said.
The trio is on national duty with their respective teams at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. And will continue missing out for the Kops throughout January until February 6 depending on how their teams will have performed at the tournament.
Some of the available options in the likes of Diogo Jota and Roberto Fermino fired blanks and could not break the deadlock against the 10 Gunners with Granit Xhaka sent off in the 24th minute.
In Africa, Mane’s Senegal who edged Zimbabwe 1-0 in their opener will return to action on Friday, January 14 against Keita’s Guinea who were also 1-0 winners against Malawi in Group B.
Salah’s Egypt who lost 1-0 to Nigeria will be looking forward to registering their first win at the competition when they play Guinea Bissau in Group D on Saturday.