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“Can now rest and return early”, “Gets a longer rest” – Some Liverpool fans look at positives of this first-team star exiting AFCON

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Latest Liverpool news: Mohamed Salah’s Egypt knocked out of AFCON by South Africa

The African Cup of Nations saw yet another unexpected result as Egypt were beaten 1-0 by South Africa.

The hosts were one of the favourites to land the title, however, Mohamed Salah’s side were knocked out in the round of 16.

This AFCON has seen some surprise performances, such as Madagascar qualifying for the round of 16, and Morocco losing to Benin on penalties.

In all honesty, South Africa were the better side during the clash and deserved to make it into the quarter-finals.

Salah was distraught at the result after the final whistle, and the South Africans will face Nigeria in the round of 16.

Cameroon were also one of the favourites for the title but were dumped out by Nigeria.

Fans believe Salah will get a decent rest now

Salah was one of the stars expected to carry Egypt to the title, and an early exit in the tournament isn’t great for the African nation.

However, this could work out for Salah as he needs to rest up after a long season last time around.

The Egyptian carried an injury while playing at the World Cup, and didn’t have a lot of rest before the start of our previous campaign.

Salah was present in most of our games last season and now should have a proper break before the Premier League campaign starts on 9 August.

The Egyptian has close to a month before preparing for another big season, and many Liverpool fans looked at the positive side of Salah’s exit from the AFCON.

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Liverpool not keen on January move for 14-assist Premier League star

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Liverpool are not interested in January move for Ryan Fraser

The Liverpool Echo reveals that the Reds are not interested in a move for Ryan Fraser during January.

The Scot enjoyed a fine season last time around with 14 Premier League assists to his name and is a free agent at the end of the campaign.

Fraser also scored seven goals for the Cherries and has been linked with Liverpool (h/t Liverpool Echo).

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Ryan Fraser provided 14 assists for Bournemouth in the Premier League last season (Image credit: Getty)

Reports (h/t Liverpool Echo) suggested that Fraser would be available on the cheap in January and Jurgen Klopp was set to move for the 25-year-old.

However, the Reds are not interested in the winger and Klopp is pleased with the options at hand (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Klopp doesn’t make too many moves in the winter window and the Liverpool Echo adds that there shouldn’t be any major activity at Anfield during January.

Reds not keen on Bundesliga talent

Denis Zakaria was also linked with the Reds recently, but the Liverpool Echo has poured cold water on that.

The midfielder has starred at Borussia Monchengladbach and has been linked with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid (h/t Liverpool Echo).

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Denis Zakaria has been excellent for Gladbach this season (Image credit: Getty)

However, the Reds aren’t keen on the Swiss international as they have several options for the midfield (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Liverpool have made a great start to the season and hold an eight-point lead over Chelsea and Leicester City in the Premier League. We defeated Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield to open up a nine-point lead over the Premier League champions too.

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The Reds have normally avoided making January signings and it doesn’t make sense to splash the cash unless there are injuries.

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Liverpool star pulls out of upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers due to injury

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Andy Robertson pulls out of Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers

Andy Robertson has pulled out of Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan due to an injury (h/t BBC).

The Scotland captain is one of the three Premier League stars to miss the international break for the European side but will be with the team for the next two days.

Scotland cannot qualify for Euro 2020 from the group but have a play-off semi-final later in March.

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Andy Robertson in action against Genk (Image credit: Getty)

Robertson has been in great form this season for Liverpool, with four assists to his name. The 25-year-old also has a couple of goals to his name, with one being the important equaliser against Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago.

Robbo also assisted Mohamed Salah for our second goal in the 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend.

Liverpool need Robertson to stay fit

The Scot might be the best left-back in the world and hopefully, he isn’t out for long. Fortunately, the international break is for a couple of weeks and Robbo can return to action for us against Crystal Palace.

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Andy Robertson is one of the best left-backs in the world (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have a packed schedule until the New Year and we need all our players to stay fit. James Milner, Joe Gomez and Fabinho could play in Robbo’s position, but they aren’t up there with the Scot in terms of quality.

The Reds hold a nine-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League and have a great chance of qualifying from their Champions League group.

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Palace won’t be an easy game and we face Napoli at Anfield after that.

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Key Liverpool superstar a doubt for Crystal Palace game after the international break

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is a major doubt for Crystal Palace game

The Liverpool Echo reports that Mohamed Salah is a major doubt for the Crystal Palace game after the international break.

Salah hurt his ankle after Fernandinho made a tackle late in the clash and needed some treatment.

The Egyptian picked up the initial injury when he was tackled from behind by Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury.

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Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch during the Leicester game (Image credit: Getty)

Salah missed some games for Liverpool due to the problem and didn’t finish the 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa. The forward tried to play on against City after the Fernandinho challenge but had to be subbed off.

Salah to miss Egypt games

The Liverpool star left for the international break and underwent a scan with the Egypt team (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The African giants have decided not to field Salah against Kenya and Comoros (h/t Liverpool Echo).

It will be interesting to see if Salah is fit for the clash against Palace as the Eagles are a tough team to face.

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Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson (L) after scoring against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool host Napoli at Anfield with Champions League qualification a possibility with the right result. The Reds need to keep all their players fit for a packed schedule after this break.

The Club World Cup will add games in the coming weeks, and not having Salah for a long time will be a big blow.

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Hopefully, the Egyptian isn’t out for long and can help us continue our great start to the season.

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