Key Liverpool duo available for full 2020-21 season as AFCON is postponed


The Africa Cup of Nations has been postponed until January 2022, news which will likely be welcomed by Liverpool.

The competition has been moved back 12 months, news that was confirmed by the Confederation of African Football.

The move means that defending Premier League champions Liverpool will play all of next season without losing their key strike force. With Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah now both available for the full campaign.

The date for the tournament and the final matches of the qualifiers is yet to be decided.

The tournament was due to start in Cameroon in January 2021 but is delayed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes after Euro 2020 and the Copa America were both put back until 2021 earlier this year.

Algeria are the reigning champions after beating Senegal 1-0 in Cairo in 2019.

Carragher warns Liverpool about believing hype of huge gulf over Man City

Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, believes that Manchester City’s recruitment strategy will be the key to them catching up with Liverpool in the seasons to come.

City have failed to retain their Premier League title this season, falling well short of Liverpool’s points tally. The title was confirmed for Liverpool when City failed to beat Chelsea last Thursday.

The new champions face the team they have inherited the title from in their next match on Thursday. And former Reds defender Carragher is expecting a close game.

City have work to do to close the gap to Liverpool. But Carragher thinks that even though Pep Guardiola will be naturally busier in the transfer window, Liverpool’s mentality will not be up for question. Read more…