Liverpool to miss Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for six weeks for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, will kick off on 9 January.
The 33rd edition of the continental tournament had been due to take place in June and July but due to climate reasons and conflict with other international tournaments or club competitions during June and July has forced the CAF into a re-think.
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad hinted last month that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon could return to the old January date format, which would mean disruption for many European-based African internationals.
However, Liverpool could be without new Africa player of the year Mane, Salah, and Keita for the middle of next season around six weeks with Jurgen Klopp men will be fighting to retain their Premier League title back to back if they clinch the present one they are leading.
The date change is also convenient for FIFA, given that world football’s governing body will stage the first 24-team Club World Cup in China in June and July of 2021.
Mane, Salah and Keita are desperate to represent Senegal, Egypt, and Guinea in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with the trio are key men for their respective nation success at the tournament in Cameroon.