Liverpool one of five clubs affected by Senegal announcing AFCON squad


Liverpool headlines five Premier League clubs affected as Senegal announce AFCON squadLiverpool headlines five Premier League clubs affected as Senegal announce AFCON squad

Five clubs affected as Aliou Cisse announces Senegal squad

Senegal boss Aliou Cisse has fired the first shot as the much-maligned African Cup of Nations is set to begin in just over two weeks’ time when he announced his Senegal squad earlier today.

Five Premier League clubs are set to be affected by this announcement alone, including title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea with headline call-ups to none other than Reds star forward Sadio Mané and Blues first-choice keeper Edouard Mendy.

But Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel are not the only bosses that will be made to cope with the first of many incoming squad announcements, with Leicester City, Watford, and Crystal Palace also set to be without key elements in the first-team given the Senegal announcement.

Brendan Rodgers will be stripped of versatile midfielder Nempalys Mendy, while Claudio Ranieri and Patrick Vieira will bid adieu to Ismaïla Sarr and Cheikhou Kouyaté respectively.

AFCON tournament favorite

While the announcement of Senegal’s squad is not troubling for base value, the fact that Aliou Cisse’s Les Lions de la Téranga are one of three heavy favorites to win the mid-season tournament is, however.

Liverpool headlines five Premier League clubs affected as Senegal announce AFCON squadLiverpool headlines five Premier League clubs affected as Senegal announce AFCON squad

Senegal fan celebrates after getting Sadio Mane’s shirt after the final whistle Poland v Senegal – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group H – Spartak Stadium 19-06-2018 . (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Cisse’s squad, along with Egypt and Ghana, are the bookmaker’s trio of favorites to go on and win the tournament, and should they at least reach the final, the likes of Mané and Mendy will miss at least a month of action for their Premier League clubs, not including any rest received once they return to first-team training.

Making a deep run in the tournament is exactly what should be expected from Senegal as well, reaching the final in 2019 only to lose to Algeria in the final in Cairo.

The 2017 installment in Gabon saw them reach the quarterfinal stage, and with a starstudded best XI that will also feature big names such as captain Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Krépin Diatta, and Pape Matar Sarr, similar success will not only be expected but demanded.


This article was edited by
Josh Barker.



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