The implications of fixture congestion has become a perennial bugbear of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp since he first arrived at the club in 2015, and in that time he has become of the harshest critics of auxiliary competitions in England and the volume of two-legged ties in cup competitions.
With the African Cup of Nations now planning to host the tournament at the beginning of the year in 2021, as opposed to the summer which was the case last year, Klopp has voiced his disapproval.
If the tournaments does indeed move back in the calendar, Liverpool will be forced to go without the services of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for what is usually a busy period just after Christmas. Speaking ahead of his side's clash with Manchester United this weekend, Klopp addressed the issue:
The tournament was originally expected to take place in the summer of 2021, but that period would have clashed with the expanded Club World Cup tournament. Moreover, the harsh Cameroonian climate is believed to be playing a significant role in the decision.