Which Liverpool games will Mohamed Salah miss for AFCON 2023?

Mohamed Salah has now discovered his Africa Cup of Nations group stage opponents for the tournament coming up at the start of next year.

With the draw for the tournament made on Thursday, Salah's Pharaohs have been pitted against Ghana, Cape Verde and Mozambique in Group B of the opening stage of the competition, which will run between January and February of 2024.

Despite taking place next year, the tournament is keeping its official AFCON 2023 title – having been delayed from last year.

As captain of Egypt, Salah is as crucial for his country as he is for Liverpool. The 31-year-old forward has an impressive 51 goals in 91 caps and helped Egypt qualify for their first World Cup in 28 years back in 2018.

However, Salah has so far failed to win silverware at international level – finishing as a runner up at AFCON in 2017 and 2021. In the latter tournament, the two-time African footballer of the year lost the final on penalties to Sadio Mane's Senegal.

Salah will have another shot at glory in Ivory Coast at the start of 2024. However it will come at a cost to Liverpool who will be without their star forward for several weeks.

The former Roma star has started the 2023/24 campaign in sensational fashion, despite continued speculation over his long-term future, scoring five times and assisting four in eight Premier League outings so far.

Jurgen Klopp won't relish the prospect of a prolonged spell without his number 11 then, but how many games (and which ones) is Salah likely to miss for Liverpool?

How many games will Salah miss for Liverpool due to AFCON?

With AFCON 2023 running from 13 January to 11 February, Salah will definitely miss a minimum of one game for Liverpool and could miss up to five, as things stand.

Immediately prior to the Premier League's winter break, the Reds are scheduled for a trip to Bournemouth on 13 January, the day the tournament kicks off in the Ivory Coast.

The subsequent two-week interlude comes at a convenient time considering Salah's absence, while Liverpool's next fixture is at home to Chelsea on 31 January.

The only way Salah will be available to face his old club is if Egypt do not advance past the group stages.

The Reds then play Arsenal away (3 February) and Burnley at home (10 February). A last 16 exit with Egypt could make Salah eligible to face the latter at least.

In addition to the four Premier League games, Liverpool could have an FA Cup fourth-round tie to play on 27 January, depending on how they fare in the previous round.

All fixtures are subject to change.

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