Date of publication: Friday June 21, 2019 2:58
Liverpool will have to start the season without two of their stars, as the African Cup of Nations has its price, says Lauren.
Mohamed Salah and Healthy Mane Both will participate in AFCON this year for Egypt and Senegal, respectively, and former Arsenal defender Lauren, who played in the Cameroon tournament, revealed that the Reds will need to rest two of their top men at the start of the season.
Naby Keita will also take part in the competition for Guinea, but there are fewer expectations in her country regarding her Liverpool teammates
Lauren, who went through Arsenal and Portsmouth during her career, told bwin of the problems that Liverpool face: "Whatever happens, Liverpool will need to start the season without Salah and Mane, as they will need a good couple of weeks to rest and recuperate, otherwise their level will fall during the season.
"Players will be mentally and physically exhausted and will need a few weeks to recover before entering the new Premier League season.
"If they do not get the break, there will be a chance that their Premier League campaign will be impacted by a slow start as players are too tired to play – this could be Liverpool's problem, as both Salah and Mane to be involved in the last stages of the African Cup of Nations ".
He added: "The likes of Salah and Mane have played an unbelievable amount of football over the past two seasons but tiredness will not be a major factor for Salah and Mane at the African Nations Cup. What they lack in physical ability, they will compensate in their mentality by going to the competition.
"Coming back from a win in the Champions League will make up for any tiredness and both players will tackle this new challenge with a winning mentality that will be interesting to see if Senegal and Egypt face each other. Both players will be confident that they are physically fit and able to win the tournament for their countries. "
Salah and Mane were instrumental for Liverpool this season, taking them to a second place in the Premier League and to the club's victory in the 6th. The duo won the Golden Shoe along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
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