Liverpool Football Club is in a good place right now. Sitting top of the Premier League, and progressing well in the cups and Europe, Jurgen Klopp and his players have a lot to smile about. But if the club is retain its position at the top of the table, it will have to do so with star player Mo Salah, who has today headed off to the African Cup of Nations.
Salah will definately miss Liverpool's next three games, and probably a lot more, if Egypt progress to the latter stages of the competition. You can read more about the 2024 AFCON here, and see which Liverpool games Salah will miss here.
Of course, Liverpool aren't the only Premier League team who will be losing players to the tournament. Join LFC - Back On Our Perch, as we take a look at which teams will be impacted the most by the upcoming tournament.
Arsenal are only losing one first team player in Mohamad Elneny. Elneny will be playing alongside Salah for Egypt. Thomas Partey had been selected in the Ghana squad, but injury has forced him to withdraw from the tournament.
Villa will be losing a key first player in Bertrand Troare, with the winger/attacker representing Burkina Faso.
Brighton star Tariq Lamptey was selected for Ghana, but has since been left out of the squad over injury concerns. That means Simon Adringa is the only Brighton player heading to the Ivory Coast, representing the host nation.
Chelsea will be losing a key player in striker Nicolas Jackson, as the youngster will be representing Senegal at the tournament.
Liverpool only have one player heading out to the Ivory Coast, but what a miss he will be. Salah has contributed 18 goals and 8 assists during the current season, so Klopp will need his other strikers to step up and fill the void left by Salah.
Manchester City are in the enviable position of having no players heading off to the African Cup of Nations. Whether this will prove to be a decisive advantage in the title race remains to be seen.
United are the worst affected team, in terms of number of players, with three first team players heading out to the Ivory Coast. Goalkeeper Andre Onana will be representing Cameroon, with midfielder Sofyan Amrabat playing for Morocco, and finally Amad Diallo playing for the host nation, Ivory Coast.
Newcastle are another team with no players heading out to the Ivory Coast, which is probably just as well, given how many injuries the club has at the present time.
Tottenham are another team losing two players to the tournament, with midfielders Yves Bissouma and Papa Sarr both heading off. Bissouma will represent Mali (although he was born in the Ivory Coast), whilst Sarr plays for Senegal.
West Ham will also be without two first team players, with Nayef Aguerd representing Morocco, and Mohamad Kudos representing Ghana. Of the two players, Kudos will likely be the biggest miss, with the young left back earning rave reviews in the first half of the season.
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