With Egypt, Senegal and Guinea all taking part in the competition that runs from January 9 to February 6, 2022, the Reds will be without key options immediately following the festive period.
It would then be possible that the Reds would be without the trio for anywhere up to six games and potentially even eight should Klopp guide his team to the League Cup semi-finals.
As per The Times‘ Paul Joyce, the schedule for the competition is one “that Klopp will be hopeful of releasing the players after the trip to Stamford Bridge.”
The trip falls on January 2, eight days before Mane and Keita’s opening fixture and nine prior to Salah’s which safely falls into a seven-day release date, but it could need clearance from respective associations.
Hopeful is the keyword in all of this and while it has long been on the radar, it’s another international conundrum at a vital juncture of the season.
And their respective returns will, of course, be dependent on when their team drops out, with the earliest return on January 20 after the group stage, January 27 for the last-16, January 31 for the quarter-finals, February 4 for the semi-finals and February 7 for the final.