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'It represents a problem': Ex-Red Peter Crouch names key for Liverpool to navigate AFCON issues in title race

'It represents a problem': Ex-Red Peter Crouch names key for Liverpool to navigate AFCON issues in title race
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"This Liverpool team can take games away from anyone in Europe in an instant," Crouch wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

"City are the same, with Chelsea relentlessly getting the job done, and this has the makings of a very tight race between the three of them.

"Every point counts and Jurgen Klopp knows that the Africa Cup of Nations represents a problem in those forward areas.

"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.

"Sadio Mane and Mo Salah could miss five Premier League fixtures in that time, though the club are hopeful of having both available for the crucial trips to Leicester City and Chelsea over New Year.

"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."

Sadio Mane and Mo Salah will surely miss games against Brentford and Crystal Palace and the Reds will need to find a way to win without them.

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.

Source: Daily Mail