Due to the multi-cultural squad put together by Klopp at Liverpool, it has often been the case that key players miss fixtures around the turn of the year.
But this year that is added to by the Asian Cup, as summer signing Endo is captain of Japan.
The manager updated reporters, including the Guardian‘s Andy Hunter, in his extended pre-match press conference on Friday.
With AFCON running from January 13 to February 11 and the Asian Cup from January 12 to February 10, Liverpool could be without Salah and Endo for a lengthy period.
At the very least they will miss the following four fixtures:
- Arsenal (A) – FA Cup third round – January 7
- Fulham (H) – Carabao Cup semi-final – January 10
- Bournemouth (A) – Premier League – January 21
- Fulham (A) – Carabao Cup semi-final – January 24
If they go all the way and reach their respective finals, though, they would be absent for another four games including a potential fourth-round tie in the FA Cup.
As it stands, Liverpool are guaranteed to be without their top goalscorer and a vital member of the midfield for at least four fixtures.
Given the injury situation within Klopp’s squad, with Diogo Jota and Alexis Mac Allister not yet fit, Andy Robertson still not in contact training and Joel Matip, Thiago, Ben Doak and Stefan Bajcetic all long-term absentees, it is far from ideal.