Alan Shearer points to Liverpool’s ‘biggest worry’ that could cause the Reds to lose the title

Alan Shearer has shared his worries about the impact the loss of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to AFCON could have on the club’s championship chances.

The world-class duo are expected to debut in January for the tournament taking place in Cameroon, it’s still unclear exactly how many top-flight matches they can miss.

“Liverpool also lost some key players to Covid last week but their biggest worry is probably how they will cope in January when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are out for Egypt and Senegal. at the Africa Cup of Nations,” former Newcastle United player wrote to BBC Sport.

“If that tournament goes on, Salah and Mane could only miss two league games each – but it could be three or four. In a tight title race like this, that could be enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side to win the grand prize.

“We’re talking about two of his star players, who can and will change the game by scoring, absent for up to a month.”

With further concerns about player safety beyond the transmission of COVID-19, with several venues at the competition posing serious security threats, Liverpool and other Premier League outfits certainly have a point. legitimate reason to protest when things go according to plan.

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With two games being offered in a row since the start of the season (with all due respect to Brentford and Crystal Palace), the main threat to our title chances seem to be specific matches. This couple missed it.

With our January meeting with Chelsea at stake, as far as the exclusion of Mane and Salah’s ability to fulfill international commitments is concerned, there could be a particularly serious divide below the line of The players involved will be sent out packed earlier than expected.

We have some solid options waiting on the wings when the duo depart – it’s certainly worth mentioning that the likes of Diogo Jota and Bobby Firmino will remain, which is a positive that deserves emphasis. .

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Jake Nichol

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