When Will Salah And Mane play for Liverpool Next? FPL Tips And Tricks For Liverpool from Gameweeks 20-25
All of us FPL managers were relying on Liverpool big-hitters Salah and Mane to get us big scores almost every gameweek till they departed for AFCON. To see when and for what matchweek they will return, we at Alley Sport answer the question on everyone’s mind- When will Salah And Mane play for Liverpool next, as we give you the best FPL Tips And Tricks For Liverpool moving forward.
Salah, Mane and other stars at AFCON
The AFCON 2021(now 2022) is the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa. After numerous postponements, the competition is now being held from the 9th of January to the 6th of February, 2022 in Cameroon. Various African stars from top leagues all around Europe have departed for international duty and are set to proudly represent their nations in the continental tournament at the moment.
Liverpool stars Salah and Mane departed for AFCON after their gameweek 21 clash against Chelsea, with both of them on the scoresheet in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Egypt and Senegal started training as a team a day after the fixture, when the Reds joined their respective teams.
When Will Salah And Mane play for Liverpool Next?
The group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations takes place from 9th of January 2022 to 21st of January 2022. This means that if either of Egypt or Senegal are to crash out of the group stage itself, Salah or Mane will return to Liverpool as early as the week starting 22nd January. However, this means that considering quarantine, they would still miss the Gameweek 23 Premier League trip to Crystal Palace scheduled on 23rd January as of now.
The knockout rounds of the tournament take place from the 23rd of January to the 6th of February, 2022, with the final scheduled on February 9 at Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon. Their first match back for Liverpool is likely to be a home game against Leicester City in gameweek 24 on 11th February 2022 if they are knocked out before. However, if either team does make it to the final, Salah or Mane could be available as late as the Champions League Round of 16 clash away to Inter on 17th February.
When Will Salah And Mane play for Liverpool Next?- FPL Tips and Alternatives
Considering Egypt and Senegal have strong squads, it is expected they would atleast make it to the knockout rounds of the AFCON this year. As such, our advice would be to refrain from selecting either Salah or Mane in your FPL lineups until Liverpool’s gameweek 25 clash against Burnley atleast. The best alternatives to the African stars from Liverpool itself are fellow strikers Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino, who will definitely get more opportunities in the starting XI.
You can make use of the funds and Liverpool space freed up to get in one of their full-backs as their fixtures ahead are favourable. Else, taking a look at other clubs, Manchester City are in blistering form at the top of the table and Bernardo Silva or Kevin de Bruyne could be great midfield captain options for now. If you decide to spend the funds freed up by the Liverpool star men elsewhere, Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucouré and Leicester’s James Maddison could be decent squad options for the time being.
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