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Liverpool face month without Salah, Mane when AFCON returns in 2021

Steve Nicol is shocked by how the current Liverpool side's attack constantly tries to get behind their opposition.
Steve Nicol says Liverpool's attack needs to pick up even as the Reds continue to dominate the Premier League.

Liverpool face the prospect of going a month without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane when the Africa Cup of Nations returns in 2021.

The 2021 edition of the continental tournament is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global football calendar, a switch likely to be unpopular with Premier League clubs.

Other Premier League players affected could include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Naby Keita (Guinea), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria), Riyad Mahrez (Libya),...

African football's five defining moments of the past decade

African football has stepped into a new decade, so ESPN remembers the defining moments of the past 10 years.

The Hand of Suarez

African football entered the previous decade upon a wave of optimism and amidst talk of a 'new dawn', with the continent set to host its first World Cup in 2010.

South Africa got the nod, and opened the tournament in some style - with Siphiwe Tshabalala's unforgettable thunderbolt against Mexico - but in truth, Africa's challengers largely fell short of the expectations...

Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations: What to expect from the three Olympic qualifiers

Africa's representatives for the men's football competition at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan were decided this weekend, with the conclusion of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which provides the three qualifiers for the tournament.

Egypt clinched the title -- their first success in the tournament -- by defeating Ivory Coast in extra-time in the final at Cairo International Stadium, with South Africa to join the pair in Japan after defeating Ghana on penalties in the third-place playoff.


Salah-less Egypt held to draw by minnows Comoros in AFCON qualifying

Egypt were held to a scoreless draw by tiny Comoros Islands.

Egypt, without injured striker Mohamed Salah, lacked a cutting edge in front of goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw by tiny Comoros Islands in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Monday.

Midfielder Kahraba struck the crossbar early on and forward Trezeguet missed a one-on-one chance in the second period, but Egypt also had goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy to thank for important saves.

The result follows a 1-1 home draw with Kenya in their Group G opener on Thursday and was wildly celebrated...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah out of Egypt games, in protective boot

ESPN's Dale Johnson explains how despite criticism, VAR suffers most because so few understand what's going on.
Steve Nicol doesn't rate Chelsea or Leicester City as title contenders, despite both sides' recent good form.

Egypt's Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been ruled out of their African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.

Egypt released a statement on their official Twitter account on Tuesday confirming Salah will miss the games, along with a picture of the striker with a protective boot on his left ankle.

Sources had told ESPN FC that Liverpool were concerned over their star's injury after he another knock to it in the 3-1 victory over Manchester City on...