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Liverpool will miss another important player that is not Salah or Endo against Arsenal

Liverpool will be without important players when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the FA Cup.

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Liverpool will be without important players when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side, already missing Mohamed Salah due to his Africa Cup of Nations involvement and Endo Wataru for the Asian Cup, has been dealt another blow with the confirmed absence of summer signing Dominik Szoboszlai.

Szoboszlai, touted as a potential game-changer for Liverpool, is sidelined due to a hamstring injury sustained during the New Year’s Day victory against Newcastle. Klopp, confirming the setback, mentioned, “Dom is very positive, doesn’t have a lot of pain, but we have to wait a little bit.”

The absence of these crucial players has Klopp grappling with options as Liverpool aims to navigate multiple competitions in January.

Dominik Szoboszlai v Arsenal

Expressing concern over the international duties of Salah and Endo, Klopp stated, “From a personal point of view, I would be happy if they go out in the group stage but that’s probably not possible. They can go on and win it.”

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Addressing the challenge of replacing Salah, Klopp acknowledged the unique talent the Egyptian brings to the team, emphasising that there’s no direct like-for-like replacement. 

Despite this, he expressed confidence in the squad’s versatility and depth, pointing out different offensive options available to fill the void left by Salah’s absence.

“I think we played against West Ham [in last month’s Carabao Cup quarter-final] without Mo on that side and Harvey Elliott played there,” Klopp said.

“We have different offensive options who can all play that wing in a different way. Nobody else can play like Mo, it is not possible – we just have to use the boys with their skills. Do we want to play without Mo? No. In the past we didn’t have to do it often but we always found a way.

“But we play Arsenal and you can lose to Arsenal with Mo Salah so it’s possible to lose to them without him.”

Klopp’s comments reflect a pragmatic approach, acknowledging the difficulties but maintaining confidence in Liverpool’s ability to navigate this period without some of their star players. The manager remains optimistic about finding a way to cope with the challenges posed by injuries and international commitments.

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