"In addition to missing games, flying home from Cameroon after taking part in a tournament like that and coming straight into a gruelling run-in is not easy.
"Keeping them here for those games would represent a massive boost because, looking at the other games coming up in January, you would think they can just about navigate a way through.
"The squad is perhaps not as deep as others yet someone usually steps up. Take Diogo Jota, three goals in his last two matches, as the best example."
The key for LFC will be to make sure neither picks up an injury as both will be necessary during a title race that promises to come down to the wire.