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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will get underway in Egypt on Friday and Liverpool have three gamers able to signify their nations on the match.

There is likely to be no senior European motion, however the remainder of the world has loads of soccer to look at for this summer season.

A trio of Reds will probably be in Egypt with one, Mohamed Salah, representing the host nation. Sadio Mane is captain of Senegal, whereas Naby Keita wears the No. Eight shirt for Guinea.

Cameroon are the reigning champions after their success two years in the past in Gabon; the final crew to win on residence soil, nevertheless, had been Egypt again in 2006. They are going to be hoping historical past repeats itself and permits them to increase their all-time report of seven AFCON victories.

Right here’s the whole lot you must learn about Liverpool’s gamers participating, when their matches are and the important thing different groups and gamers to be careful for—together with some the Reds have been linked with.

 

Mo Salah – Egypt

Mohamed Salah, Egypt, National ( Chris Ricco/BackpagePix/Sports Inc/PA Images)

Favourites to win the match in their very own nation and with all of the expectation on one man’s shoulders: Champions League winner and Liverpool’s Egyptian King.

They play the match opener on Friday evening in Cairo and an expectant residence crowd will probably be hoping to see a marker of intent laid down.

An skilled squad is made up of each home-based and European-based gamers, however Salah is comfortably the largest title and the most effective participant.

Carrying the No. 10 shirt, he’ll play up entrance for his nation and made an influence off the bench in Egypt’s closing warm-up sport, creating two objectives on Sunday.

Salah has 39 worldwide objectives in 63 caps forward of the match; 4 extra strikes on the AFCON will take him second in Egypt’s all-time goalscorers record.

Fixtures: (All kick-offs listed as UK occasions)

  • Fri 21 June, 9pm, Egypt vs. Zimbabwe
  • Weds 26 June, 9pm, Egypt vs. Congo DR
  • Solar 30 June, 8pm, Uganda vs. Egypt

 

Sadio Mane – Senegal

Sadio Mane, Senegal National Team ( Gavin Barker/BackpagePix/Sports Inc/PA Images)

Second-favourites with many bookmakers, Senegal are in Group C and can look to their feared entrance line to spearhead their problem.

60-cap Mane is likely one of the most skilled gamers within the squad—however all 23 of the chosen group ply their commerce in Europe.

The likes of Idrissa Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate are acquainted names to Premier League viewers, however main gamers will be seen in Mane’s different team-mates, too, together with Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Keita Balde of Inter Milan.

Mane himself is already one of many 10 most-capped gamers in Senegal’s historical past, however 4 objectives or extra on the AFCON will see him rise from seventh-highest scorer to 3rd, highlighting his significance.

Ought to he go on to assist his crew win, it’ll be he who lifts the trophy, cementing his legendary standing.

Fixtures: (All kick-offs listed as UK occasions)

  • Solar 23 June, 6pm, Senegal vs. Tanzania
  • Thu 27 June, 6pm, Senegal vs. Algeria
  • Mon 1 July, 8pm, Kenya vs. Senegal

 

Naby Keita – Guinea

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 30, 2019: Liverpool's Naby Keita during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s No. Eight is Guinea’s No. 8—however which model of Naby Keita will we see?

The midfielder was simply starting to point out his immense expertise towards the tip of the marketing campaign, earlier than harm sidelined him as soon as extra. He’s racing to be match for the beginning of the AFCON, however says he thinks he’ll be prepared.

“I hope I could make it, I can’t cease at my stage now, I’ve to do my finest with my membership and the nationwide crew to make Guinea well-known on the planet with my teammates after all.”

For that to occur, Guinea must emerge from a difficult Group B and produce their best modern-day run on the AFCON—4 occasions since 2004 they’ve reached the quarter-finals, however not since 1976 have they reached the ultimate itself.

Guinea are but to win the match and, other than Keita, they may look to the likes of Amadou Diawara (Napoli) and Ibrahima Traore (‘Gladbach) to push their declare.

Getting Keita again would possibly to full health, notably for the conflict towards Nigeria, is likely to be the largest key to progressing previous the group stage.

Fixtures: (All kick-offs listed as UK occasions)

  • Sat 22 June, 9pm, Guinea vs. Madagascar
  • Wed 26 June, 3.30pm, Nigeria vs. Guinea
  • Solar 30 June, 5pm, Burundi vs. Guinea

 

Who else to look at for

Three different groups bear watching for his or her probabilities of successful the competitors and producing good, attacking soccer: Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Not one of the Liverpool contingent will meet till the knock-out rounds, however Keita’s Guinea do face Nigeria within the group stage.

Ivory Coast vs. Morocco (Group D, 28 June, 6pm) seems one of the vital attention-grabbing group stage clashes.

The highest two groups will progress from every of the six teams, together with the 4 finest third-placed sides to create a spherical of 16 knock-out section.

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League third round qualifying first leg match between Ajax Amsterdam and OGC Nice at the Amsterdam Arena on August 02, 2017 (VI Images/PA Images)

Liverpool have been linked with 20-year-old Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze and Ivory Coast’s 24-year-old ahead Nicolas Pepe.

Elsewhere, two stand-outs from the Ajax aspect which reached the Champions League semi-final are Hakim Ziyech, who will function prominently for Morocco, and Andre Onana, who will make a case for being the most effective goalkeeper on present for Cameroon.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will probably be proven dwell on Eurosport within the UK.

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