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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has uncovered that Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) choice to change the African Cup of Nations competition timing from June-July to January-February is an awful move that will influence African players, saying the club’s exchange approach towards African players will be influenced all the while.
The AFCON will occur next January in the Premier League season, despite the fact that the 2019 release occurred in the mid year and Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Naby Keita for as long as about a month and a half, driving Klopp on Friday during a public interview to caution that the move will make the club reconsider before purchasing Africans.
‘I couldn’t respect the African Cup of Nations more than I do because I like the competition.
‘But it is an obvious problem that you play a tournament in the middle of the season, The African Cup of Nations going back to January is, for us, a catastrophe.
‘It doesn’t help African players. We will not sell Sadio, Mo or Naby just because they have a tournament in January and February – of course not – but if you have to make a decision about bringing in a player it is a massive one because before the season you know for four weeks you don’t have them.
‘That’s a normal process and as a club you have to think about these things. It doesn’t help the players, for sure. But these decisions are made without asking the players, without asking the managers, without asking anyone. It is just a decision.’