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Jürgen Klopp on chances of Liverpool pair Salah & Mane featuring against Chelsea before AFCON

Jürgen Klopp on chances of Liverpool pair Salah & Mane featuring against Chelsea before AFCON

Unknown availability of Salah & Mané

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp gave an update surrounding the availability of key forward pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané for their crunch Premier League meeting with Thomas Tuchel’s table-topping Chelsea on matchday 21.

The issue stems from the inevitable clash with AFCON cropping up mid-season, with both Salah and Mané set to feature in starring roles for headline nations Egypt and Senegal during the winter tournament.

But for Klopp and Liverpool, the notion of being stripped of two of their most influential attacking players, against a direct rival, is hardly music to the ears of Reds fans the world over.

Still, the Liverpool boss has not officially ruled out their involvement in the clash at Stamford Bridge on 2 January, with the German hopeful that the attacking pair could be available before heading off to Cameroon.

Liverpool stroll against Southampton

Liverpool was back at it again against Southampton at Anfield earlier today, earning their second successive 4-0 win in front of the home support after thumping Arsenal by the same scoreline last weekend.

Jürgen Klopp on chances of Liverpool pair Salah & Mane featuring against Chelsea before AFCON

Liverpool’s Portuguese striker Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium in London on September 25, 2021. – – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Diogo Jota bagged a brace to set the Reds off and running before growing midfielder Thiago and center-back stalwart Virgil van Dijk put the result far beyond doubt.

The triumph saw Liverpool climb back into second spot behind Chelsea, with Klopp’s troops hopeful of West Ham taking at least a point from Manchester City tomorrow as the Citizens now find themselves in need of a win to leapfrog the Reds back into second.

Liverpool’s impressive return of 39-goals in just thirteen Premier League fixtures stands as a testament that both Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola are set to be pushed all the way to the final weeks of the season, if they hope to secure Premier League honors.

If Salah and co. have anything to say about it, Anfield could end up as the seat of power of the Premier League champions come season’s end.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6