Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Thursday that he is happy with the squad at his disposal and that he has options to make up for the absence of his key players, including Mohamed Salah, during the Africa Cup of Nations.
The AFCON Cup, a 24-team event, will be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6. Liverpool are set to lose their key star’s including Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Guinea’s Naby Keita during the said period.
Liverpool have key clashes against the likes of Leicester City and Chelsea in the coming weeks in the Premier League as they look to stay in the title race.
“I am happy with the squad and we still have options. We knew three would qualify and be there and we knew that at least two of them would go pretty far in the tournament,” Klopp said.
“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? That’s tricky in each situation.
“We are quite confident we will find solutions.”
KLOPP CONFIDENT OF PLAYING TO THE SITUATION
However, Klopp said that while Liverpool might not be able to play the same way without the trio they would adapt their game plan to suit the line-up.
“Whoever will play in a period when the three boys are not here will have a plan and gives us the chance to win a football game,” Klopp said.
“Can we play exactly the same football? Probably not, but who cares? We play the football we are able to play then, that’s the situation.”
Second-placed Liverpool, who trail league leaders Manchester City by four points, will host Newcastle United later on Thursday.