Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has expressed his opinion on Egyptian star Mohamed Salah's absence from the squad during the Africa Cup of Nations.
Salah recently traveled to Egypt to be with the Pharaohs camp in preparation for this month's Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast and is slated to miss next Sunday's match between Liverpool and Arsenal. Third round of the FA Cup.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “We played against West Ham with Harvey Elio and we had a range of defensive options. There are other players who can play on the wing, but not like Mohamed Salah.”
He added: “We try to benefit as much as possible from the talent of the players we have, that's the idea. To play without Salah? No, but we will find a way to adapt to this situation.”
He continued: “The next game against Arsenal we might lose even with Mohamed Salah in front, but now we have a chance to win and that's what we're thinking about.”
Meanwhile for the Asian nations Wataru Endo lost to Japan and Salah to the African nations: “I would be lying if I said good luck to them. I hope they get out of the group stage but it is very unlikely, good luck to them and I hope they come back to us in good health.
It is to be noted that the African countries will start on January 13th and end on February 11th, while the Asian countries will play on January 12th and conclude with the final on February 10th.
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