AFCON 2021: Liverpool set to miss key players over change in date

AFCON 2021: Liverpool set to miss key players over change in date

- AFCON 2021 has been reverted to January and February period

- CAF returned the competition back to its original season to avoid clashing with major competitions

- They are also trying to avoid heavy rains which characterised the African continent in the summer

- FIFA are also moving the Club World Cup to the summer

Premier League giants Liverpool are set to lose three of their key players for close to six weeks once the Africa Cup of Nations championship kicks off in January 2021.

The last edition of the competition in Egypt was the first ever to be staged in the summer but the organisers seem unsatisfied with the weather at the time of the year.

Algeria defeated Senegal 1-0 in the final to win their second title in the history of the competition - with their first coming in 1990.

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After the success of the 2019 edition of the continental competition, the subsequent ones would follow the new arrangement.

Give Me Sport quoting a sports journalist Mansour Loum claims CAF are ready to revert back to the original period of the tourney which usually staged between January and February.

The reporter added that every edition will be scheduled based on their peculiarities depending on the host country.

Reports further reveal that AFCON is without fixed dates - meaning the competition can be played at any time of the year.

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They are also trying to avoid clashing with the FIFA Club World Cup which has been shifted from December to the summer.

While June - July in Africa is a rainy period on the continent, therefore, it will now be switched to winter.

And the change in dates will affect European club sides with Liverpool set to bear much of the brunts - with Salah, Mane and Keita set to represent their countries.

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