Pep Lijnders names three things Liverpool will lose when Mo Salah and Sadio Mane depart

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Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah played their last game for Liverpool for a few weeks in their 2-2 draw against Chelsea and Pep Lijnders has opened up on what the club will miss most in their absence. Both Liverpool and Chelsea had depleted squads for Sunday’s crunch match at Stamford Bridge with Lijnders stepping in for Jurgen Klopp on the sidelines.

Despite the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip, Roberto Firmino and Alisson all being unavailable, Liverpool were still able to put out a strong starting line-up.

Most noticeably, both Salah and Mane were given the nod to start in what was set to be their final league match before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations.

And the attacking pair were at their scintillating best in the opening exchanges as they both found the net to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead.

Chelsea refused to give up though and quickly found themselves level before the break after Mateo Kovacic’s wonderstrike with Christian Pulisic then scoring moments later.

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The high tempo of the first half continued after the restart, although Liverpool were largely on the backfoot.

Neither side was able to find a breakthrough in the second half though as they shared a point apiece.

Lijnders praised his sides efforts after the game, particularly with limited options available to come on and change things.

And he reserved special praise for Salah and Mane, who he wished all the best with the pair heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations next week.


“It is never boring with us. Incredible intensity from the start with both teams,” he told Sky Sports.

“We would have wanted more control, we had so many good counter attacks but it was just missing the last pass.

“Overall, for the public it must have been an unbelievable game. I have to say, the situation we are in it is a big compliment for the team.

“We could have made a lot of excuses for today but our boys fought hard with all they heart they have.

“We want to approach each game like it is a final. In each game we play, whoever is wearing the shirt or on the bench, we are showing this character.

“It was good that game was 11 v 11. We are here to entertain and to win each time and as I said at the start of the interview it is never boring.

“We have many different weapons. They [Salah and Mane] are incredibly important because they give us face, they give direction in a game and they give us desire.

“I wish them all the best in the Africa Cup of Nations. Everyone knows how it feels to play for your country. They have the right to fight for each prize as it comes.”

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