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Aliou Cisse Declares Klopp Nothing without Mane, Salah

Senegal head coach, Aliou Cisse, has come out to slam Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over his belittling of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Cisse sounds it loud that the German is nothing his player Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah in his Liverpool squad. Aliou Cisse also said Jurgen Klopp owes his success to players from Africa.

Aliou Cisse Finally Reacts to Jurgen Klopp’s Comment on AFCON

Last month, Klopp caused a stir as he described the AFCON as a ‘small tournament’ after Liverpool’s victory over FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League. Jurgen Klopp was asked if he was relieved there was no international break until March next year.

Aliou Cisse Declares Klopp Nothing Without Mane, Salah

Klopp replied: “I have heard that so often that there is no international break until March. He further now said: “In January, there Is a little tournament in Africa, I just want to say, and I think Asia is playing games too, South America as well, great, can’t wait.”

Liverpool is set to lose some of their players, including Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, for the AFCON 2021 tournament, which runs from January 9 to February 6, 2022. While Klopp subsequently backtracked, Cisse, who played in the Premier League with Birmingham City and Portsmouth, felt the German had shown a lack of respect for the AFCON, adding that he doesn’t respect him.

Aliou Cisse Declares Klopp Nothing Without Mane, Salah

According to Aliou Cisse, he said: “Who does he [Jurgen Klopp] think he’s? I manage Senegal, and my players play for Klopp at Liverpool.” He also said he respect Liverpool but not Klopp, who undermines African football events. He concluded by saying Jurgen Klopp is where he is today because of the African footballers player in his team. He capped his comment by saying Klopp was losing every final Salah, Mane, and Matip came to his rescue to win his first-ever major European final.

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