The two wingers have helped their respective countries reach the 2021 African Nations Cup of Nations (AFCON) final. Salah has scored twice and assisted once for Egypt while Mane has scored twice and assisted once for Egypt. scored three goals and two assists for Senegal. The two teams will face each other in the final of the tournament tonight (February 6).
On the same day, Liverpool will host Cardiff City in the fourth round match of the FA Cup. Before the game, Klopp was asked by the press how he would deal with Salah and Mane’s return to Anfield. The duo will likely experience mixed emotions as only one of them can lift the AFCON trophy.
Klopp replied (as quoted by Echoes of Liverpool):
“I’m not the type of guy who thinks things will go wrong. Both players had a successful tournament and we will see the same situation next year, in late November and early December, exactly like when everyone comes back from the World Cup.”
Klopp was also asked if the duo would be physically and mentally ready to hit the field immediately upon their return. The German tactician responded by praising his players and saying:
“These two boys are real warriors. They are always ready. Neither of them worry about vacations and holidays and things like this. I never heard them ask anything about taking time off. I never did. Especially with these two boys it’s actually quite simple.”
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah could be back in time for Liverpool’s next game
Liverpool will certainly be without Salah and Mane for the clash with Cardiff. However, both strikers could be back in the squad for their next Premier League start.
The Reds take on Leicester City on February 10 and a win would put them six points away from leaders Manchester City. Klopp would ideally want two of his star strikers for what could prove to be a tough contest. However, he said that a decision would be made later, saying:
“I can imagine both wanting to play against Leicester, both wanting to be involved, wanting to score goals and wanting to win football games for Liverpool. It is like that. We have a few days until we have to make that decision. I didn’t think too much about it because the boys will come back and then we’ll talk.”
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Salah and Mane are among the top three goalscorers for the Red Devils this season. The Egyptian striker leads the table, scoring 23 goals in 26 games (all games), while the Senegalese is third with 10 goals from the same number of games.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-real-warriors-liverpool-manager-jurgen-klopp-lavishes-praise-mohamed-salah-sadio-mane-ahead-2022-afcon-final?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda ‘Real warriors’ – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ahead of AFCON 2021 final