Endo and Salah to leave after Newcastle match

Endo and Salah to leave after Newcastle match

With the AFCON and Asian Cup due to start shortly, both Watau Endo and Mohamad Salah will be leaving Liverpool to join up with their respective national squads.

It is the scenary that Jurgen Klopp has been dreading.  Just as the Premier League season hits full stride, two of his first team stars will be heading off on International duty, missing games in the league, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the process.

But that is the reality that Klopp and his coaching staff must plan for, as Wataru Endo and Mohamad Salah, will both be heading off to the Asian Cup and African Cup of Nations in the next few days.

Their departure is not a surprise, both tournaments has been planned years in advance, but knowing something is coming, and having a plan to cope with it, are two different things entirely.

For most fans, it is the departure of Mo Salah that will cause most concern.  After all, he is our star player and main goalscorer.  He is basically irreplaceable.  But the recent form of Endo, coupled with the injuries we have to other midfielders, means he will be missed almost as much as Salah.

Jurgen Klopp will be earning his money in the coming weeks, that is for sure....

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Lots to look forweard too, despite missing stars...

Liverpool fans have a lot to celebrate at the moment.  The team is top of the league, into the Semi Finals of the Carabao Cup, and safely into the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

Even with Salah and Endo missing for several weeks, the squad still has the depth and quality to win matches, and keep our season progressing towards a successful conclusion.  Lets take a look at why Liverpool can still be confident in the next few weeks.

The return of Jota

He isn't Mo Salah, but Jota scores goals - important goals, and having him back fit will make a massive difference to the Liverpool attack.  Klopp has several options when it comes to replacing Salah on the right wing, with both Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo capable of playing there.  Ben Doak may even get a run out in some of the easier games.  Depending on who does play on the right, Jota will likely play through the middle, with his heading and natural finishing ability a big bonus to have in and around the penalty area.

Mac Allister back from injury

He isn't a natural no.6, and asking him to play the defensive midfield role, definately takes something away from his game, but Mac Allister has proved he can play the role that Liverpool need, even if it is just in the short term.  Curtis Jones can also play as a n0.6 (he does it for England Under 21's all the time), which could free up Mac Allister to play further forward.

Momentum is with Liverpool

Momentum and confdence are key in football.  The Liverpool squad is full of confidence at the moment, enjoying its football, and winning games even when conceeding first.  That mental toughness and team spirit will help them in the coming weeks more than ever.

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