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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Sam Carroll

Africa Cup of Nations 'hold talks' over cancellation as Liverpool watch on

The Confederation of African Football [CAF] have reportedly opened talks over cancelling the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] tournament in Cameroon next month.

Liverpool are set to lose Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita to the event but French news channel RMC believe it could be scrapped.

Jurgen Klopp will see his stars leave for AFCON at the start of the New Year, with the tournament currently scheduled from January 9 to February 6.

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It has been suggested this week Joel Matip is ‘considering’ a return to international football with Cameroon for AFCON.

While last week, Liverpool reportedly joined a list of Premier League clubs waiting to hear if AFCON will start earlier than first expected.

The Mirror claimed CAF Champions League holders Al-Ahly lobbied CAF to launch AFCON on January 3 - meaning Liverpool would be without the trio for the trip to Chelsea the day before - due to their participation in the FIFA Club World Cup in February.

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