Liverpool handed massive Mohamed Salah boost as new AFCON departure date revealed


Liverpool to be hit hard by AFCON

Premier League clubs up and down the country are set to be hit hard by their players departing for the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on January 9th in Cameroon.

And while Chelsea will lose Edouard Mendy and Manchester City will wave goodbye to Riyad Mahrez, it is hard to find a side that will be hit harder than Liverpool.

Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, as well as midfield Naby Keita, will be joining up with their respective nations in order to take part in the competition, depriving Jurgen Klopp’s side of goals, attacking verve and pace.

The loss of Salah will be particularly felt, with the Egyptian currently leading the goals and assist charts in the English top flight.

But, as for the length of their absences, Liverpool have been dealt a massive boost.

Salah to stay for Chelsea clash

Now, as per journalist Rob Harris, Liverpool will be able to keep hold of their African trio for the key tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, due to take place on the 2nd of January.

As per latest news, the players will be allowed to remain with their clubs until the 3rd January 2022, before joining up with their respective national teams.

With Liverpool currently 3 points off the pace set by Manchester City, and three points clear of Chelsea, this news comes as a massive relief in what is shaping up to be a must-win clash for both sides to keep their title hopes alive heading past the midway point of the season.

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