AFCON ‘uncertainty’ hands Liverpool boost as Omicron ‘wreaks havoc’

Lewis Oldham
Liverpool duo Salah and Mane

According to reports, the AFCON could be cancelled as there is “uncertainty” surrounding the tournament and this hands Liverpool a potential boost.

The African Cup of Nations are due to take place in Cameroon between 9 January and 6 February next year.

Several Premier League teams were due to be affected by the tournament. Liverpool were impacted more than most as they would have been without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita.

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Their title rivals Man City and Chelsea do not have as many absentees. City would be without Algeria international Riyad Mahrez.

Thomas Tuchel meanwhile would not be able to call upon Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech.

RMC Sport are reporting that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) could “announce the cancellation” of the AFCON.

There is said to be “uncertainty” surrounding the tournament as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is “wreaking havoc around the world”.

Elsewhere, ex-Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has called for his former club to sign Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic and Barcelona youngster Gavi:

“Pulisic is a good player. The only problem with him is injuries, but Klopp knows him very well and he would be a great addition.

“But I don’t see it happening – Chelsea won’t let one of the best players leave for Liverpool when they’re fighting for the title. But you never know.

“Chelsea are not a team that sell players, and if they do it’s likely to be somewhere else. Hopefully I’m wrong because he’s a great player and he would do well for Liverpool.

“Gavi has a lot of potential, he’s very young. Barcelona need money as well, so maybe that’s an option. If he joins Liverpool he will still have a lot to learn but he’s a very, very good player with a lot of talent. And every player under Klopp improves.

“If Barcelona are happy to sell, he can definitely do very well for Liverpool. I’m sure Klopp would get the maximum from him. I don’t see Barcelona selling to Liverpool, unless he’s on a low salary.

“But the problem at Barcelona is the players on big salaries. For Liverpool, he’s a great player and great players are always welcome.”