The Africa Cup of Nations is to take place between January 9 and February 6, 2022, following the postponement of the tournament due to the pandemic.
And while Jurgen Klopp‘s side will be out to pick up six points from a possible six and progress to the next stage of the FA Cup, there will be at least one Liverpool vs. Liverpool encounter 5,300km away.
The draw for the competition took place on Tuesday and it saw both Mane’s Senegal and Keita’s Guinea placed into Group B alongside Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Senegal are looking to go one better than their runner-up finish in 2019, while Guinea were knocked out by eventual champions Algeria in the last 16.
Key dates during AFCON
Mane was an ever-present for his country in the previous tournament, while Keita managed just 99 minutes of action and will look to couple a resurgence at Anfield with a strong tournament as captain of his country.
Salah’s Egypt, meanwhile, were drawn into Group D with Nigeria, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau and will aim to go further than the last 16 finish from the 2019 Afcon.
The top two finishers in each group in addition to the four best third-place finishers will all qualify for the round of 16.