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FIFA changes hand Liverpool major Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino blow

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah during Liverpool's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace

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Liverpool would lose all non-European players to international match duty in 2022 under new FIFA fixture changes. FIFA have replaced the September 2020 international match window, which was due to take place from August 31 to September 8 this year, with a window now taking place from January 24 to February 1, 2022 for all confederations except UEFA.

The AFCON finals will also be included in the January 2022 window. European clubs will have to release players for international duty. For the Reds, that means every player from outside of Europe and under the jurisdiction of UEFA will go and play for their respective nations

Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino would go away with Brazil. Naby Keita would join up with Guinea, Sadio Mane would travel off with Senegal and Mohamed Salah would link with Egypt. Takumi Minamino, meanwhile, would also go to play for Japan.

That represents seven first-team squad members who would be unavailable for Jurgen Klopp during the international window.

Source: Liverpool ECHO