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Should FPL managers transfer Salah out & who are the best replacements?

Liverpool will have to cope without Mohamed Salah for potentially as long as a month, with Fantasy Premier League bosses also being hit hard.

Salah has comfortably been the most selected player in FPL, with the 29-year-old having delivered 177 points up to now - 45 more than his nearest challenger, team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

So is it time to cash in and bring in an alternative or keep him and rely on the rest of your squad? GOAL considers the options for a possible replacement and lists the other Premier League stars who will be absent in the coming weeks.

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Why is Mohamed Salah unavailable for Liverpool?

Salah is one of a number of Premier League-based players that have been selected by their national teams to feature at the 2021 Afcon tournament, thus rendering him unavailable to play for Liverpool.

The Africa Cup of Nations takes place between January 9 and February 6 and is being staged in Cameroon, with Salah, who is representing Egypt, having already featured in his country's 1-0 defeat to Nigeria.

Which Liverpool games will Mohamed Salah miss?




January 9

Liverpool vs Shrewsbury

FA Cup

January 13

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Carabao Cup

January 16

Liverpool vs Brentford

Premier League

January 20

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Carabao Cup

January 23

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Premier League

February 10

Liverpool vs Leicester

Premier League

Jurgen Klopp's side have already been without Salah for the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury on January 9, with the 29-year-old also absent for both legs of the Reds' Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

As for the Premier League, Salah is set to miss games against Brentford and Crystal Palace, while he could also be unavailable for the meeting with Leicester on February 10, should Egypt advance to at least the semi-finals of the competition.

Barring any injury or other external circumstances, and on the basis of Egypt making it to the last four, the former Roma and Chelsea star could be ready for the clash with Burnley on February 13, in FPL Gameweek 25. However, it is possible that he will require a period of rest, too.

All of this, of course, is reliant on Premier League matches going ahead as planned, which is proving extremely difficult to predict as games across the country continue to be postponed amid Covid-19 outbreaks.

Should FPL bosses transfer Mohamed Salah out?

The question of whether to sell Salah will be at the forefront of many FPL managers' minds ahead of Gameweek 22, with time running out to weigh up the decision before the January 14 changes deadline.

At the time of writing, almost 1.5 million FPL bosses have decided to transfer out Liverpool's talisman, which will continue to affect his price. Indeed, Salah's value has already dropped by £0.3 million to £12.8m over the last couple of weeks, the lowest it's been since Gameweek 8.

Therefore, it doesn't make much sense to keep hold of Salah, who is still the most expensive player in the game, but it will be important to sell him with a clear strategy of making sure he's back in your team when he's available for Liverpool once again.

Who are the best replacements for Mohamed Salah?

Transferring out Salah will free up a significant amount of funds, with plenty of midfield options available for FPL managers to consider ahead of Gameweek 22.

Heung-Min Son was proving the most popular replacement for the Egyptian - almost 400k having brought him in at the time of writing - but he'll likely miss the rest of January due to injury so it's back to the drawing board.

Salah's Liverpool team-mate Diogo Jota, however, is an appealing alternative.

Mohamed Salah replacements FPLGOAL

The Portuguese costs significantly less than Salah and Son and, with Sadio Mane also away on Afcon duty, he will become even more pivotal to Klopp's attack ahead of favourable matches against the likes of Brentford (H), Crystal Palace (A) and Leicester (H).

Now might also be a good time to consider bringing in Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian has been influential for Pep Guardiola's table-topping Manchester City side of late - avoiding 'Pep roulette' having started the last five league matches in a row - and has delivered 36 points since mid-December.

Other more budget options include Jarrod Bowen, James Maddison and Gabriel Martinelli, while the injury to Son means that Lucas Moura could be a decent shout ahead of Tottenham's double gameweek against Arsenal (H) and Leicester (A).

Which other Premier League stars are at Afcon 2021?


Players at Afcon


Aubameyang (Gabon), Partey (Ghana), Pepe (Ivory Coast), Elneny (Egypt), Rekik (Tunisia)

Aston Villa

Traore (Burkina Faso), Trezeguet (Egypt)


Onyeka (Nigeria)


Bissouma (Mali)


Cornet (Ivory Coast)


E.Mendy (Senegal)

Crystal Palace

Ayew (Ghana), Kouyate (Senegal), Zaha (Ivory Coast)


Iwobi (Nigeria)


Ndidi (Nigeria), Iheanacho (Nigeria), N.Mendy (Senegal)


Keita (Guinea), Mane (Senegal), Salah (Egypt)

Manchester City

Mahrez (Algeria)

Manchester United

Bailly (Ivory Coast), Hannibal (Tunisia)


Djenepo (Mali)


Sarr (Senegal), Troost-Ekong (Nigeria), Masina (Morocco), Louza (Morocco)

West Ham

Benrahma (Algeria)


Saiss (Morocco)

A significant number of Premier League players are featuring at Afcon and will therefore be unavailable in England's top flight for a period of two to three games.

As well as Salah, Liverpool are without Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, while league leaders Manchester City will have to do without Riyad Mahrez for a spell, as he features for Algeria at the tournament in Cameroon.

Chelsea are also affected as they have seen first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy join up with Senegal, while Eric Bailly will be absent from Manchester United as he represents Ivory Coast.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will be without as many as four first-team players as Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who GOAL confirmed had tested positive for Covid-19 on January 6 - have all headed to Cameroon.

Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich and Tottenham are the four Premier League clubs who will not have any players featuring at Afcon.

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