Klopp: How Liverpool are coping without Salah, Mane and Keita

The Reds manager speaks on the absences of the three players who are in Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated he was not in doubt the club will thrive in the absence of their key African players taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Reds are currently missing the services of Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita of Guinea.

Ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League visit to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park Stadium on Saturday, the former Borussia Dortmund manager was asked about the team recording three successive shutouts and finding improved solidity at a time when Keita, Mane, and Salah were not available.

Klopp replied as quoted by the club’s official website: “It’s essential, the only way you can do it. When you lose key players for injuries or tournaments or whatever, the solution is not that you will be flying in the next game and you say, ‘OK, now we score five or six and you create chances like hell and all these kinds of things.

“Wherever they are on the pitch, whether they are strikers, midfielders or wherever, [when] you lose key players you have to adapt. In our case, it was 100 percent clear that we have to be solid, rock solid.


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