Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo are set to skipper their national sides at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the Asia Cup respectively.
AFCON will take place from 13 January – 11th February while the Asia Cup is set to occur between 12 January – 11 February.
Both Egypt and Japan are strong candidates to go on and win their respective tournaments, so LFC can expect both players to enjoy a deep run into the two competitions.
Of course, if both players make it all the way to final (which is entirely possible), the pair won’t be available for a number of matches for the Anfield club.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will take on Bournemouth (A), Chelsea (H), Arsenal (A), and Burnley (H) in the Premier League during this time.
The Reds have every chance of making the Carabao Cup semifinals after being drawn with West Ham United in the last eight.
David Moyes has a notoriously poor record at Liverpool’s home ground, having not won once in his 19 attempts thus far.
Both Carabao Cup semifinal legs during the two regional competitions, meaning Salah and Endo could also be unavailable for those ties as well.
While we hope that both players go on to win and hoist the regional trophies as captains, the pair would be a welcome boost if they come back prematurely.