Liverpool are on the cusp of winning the Premier League. Such comfortability has seemingly seen plans already take shape for the summer transfer window.
The Reds are being linked with several new faces. Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho are two of the names being mentioned. Werner, as reported by Bild, could be worth around £50 million whilst Jadon Sancho is valued at £120 million, as reported by The Mirror. That’s apotential £170 million worth of talent, so it would be some investment from the Merseyside club.
It has left some fans wondering why Liverpool are seemingly on the hunt for two forwards. Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah is one of Europe’s most feared. In Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, they don’t lack decent reserves.
However, plenty are forgetting one key factor which may be the reason behind Liverpool’s decision to look for another frontman.
The African Cup of Nations is once again moving back to the winter period in 2021. The tournament, which reverted to a summer schedule in 2019, will take place from January to February next year. It comes after host nation Cameroon raised concerns regarding adverse weather conditions.
It was a decision that Jurgen Klopp described at the time as a ‘catastrophe’, as reported by the BBC.
Not only will Liverpool likely lose Joel Matip and Naby Keita, but key players Mane and Salah will also likely be absent should their respective nations Senegal and Egypt qualify.
Liverpool, therefore, need high-calibre cover in attack for next season as that month without two of their star players could prove highly detrimental to results.
Were it not for the return of the AFCON to winter months, Liverpool might not be in the hunt for such big names.