JURGEN KLOPP undoubtedly sees Liverpool’s distant stars through his fingers when he tunes in to see them in action.
But tonight he won’t just fret in front of the TV about Mo Salah and Sadio Mane getting injured.
Because they go face to face in the African Cup of Nations final.
One of them will be back in party mode and the Anfield manager may have to bring him down a bit.
The loser, however, will have to lift him before both – he hopes – return to Premier League duty against Leicester City on Thursday night.
Klopp said: “They should be available and whoever wins will probably be back in their country to celebrate as you would normally expect.
“So he’ll be back here on Tuesday or Wednesday but second… well, we’ll see him first.
“I will talk to both of them when each is back, although we can at least be sure they will have a rhythm after playing so many games there.”
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The Liverpool superstars will face off on Sunday over their Anfield futures.
The pair are both in the final 18 months of their contracts and negotiations on new deals are progressing slowly, if at all.
Salah said last month that the Reds should cough and be paid their due in any new deal.
Little has been said about Mane’s condition, with the arrival of Porto’s Luis Diaz potentially softening the blow of any departure.
Egyptian King Salah and his Senegalese counterpart Mane square up at the 60,000-capacity Paul Biya Stadium in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.
Salah and the rest of the Pharaohs made it there on Thursday night thanks to a 3-1 penalty shoot-out win over the hosts.
Manes Lions of Taranga secured a more comfortable semi-final win with the left winger scoring the final goal to beat Burkina Faso 24 hours earlier.
And Senegal goes into the game as the favourite, with Mane joining several love stars including Edouard Mendy and Ismaila Sarr by his side.
On Friday, Egypt requested organizers to delay the final by 24 hours as they complained they did not have enough time to recover after their last-four win.
Carlos Queiroz’s men played 120 minutes each against Ivory Coast, Morocco and Cameroon in the knock-out stages and begged to play on Monday instead.
Thanks to Liverpool’s afternoon kick-off against Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Klopp should have a comfortable time to come home to watch the game as it heads to a record eighth AFCON win with Egypt Is.
Senegal is yet to win the trophy.
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