By Alex McLeish

16th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Ex-manager: Klopp may recall loan stars to cope with 'yet another' Liverpool setback

Jurgen Klopp may wish to recall on-loan players in order to cope with the exodus of Liverpool stars to the African Cup of Nations in January.

So says ex-Premier League manager Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Reds boss’s squad conundrum.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita could be absent for as long as a month while they represent their countries at the Cup of Nations.

And Liverpool’s suffered another blow after Harvey Elliott sustained a serious ankle injury in the 3-0 victory over Leeds United last Sunday.

The Merseysiders currently have Sheyi Ojo (Millwall), Leighton Clarkson (Blackburn Rovers) and Ben Woodburn (Hearts) out on loan.

All three could conceivably return as squad players to make up the numbers in the midfield and wide areas.

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McLeish claims it is an option that Klopp may explore if the terms of their respective loan deals allow.

“I’m sure Jurgen Klopp is experienced enough to know what he needs,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“If he has that need then, depending on the agreement, he probably has the authority to recall players.

“The young boy’s injury is yet another setback they don’t want on top of the African players leaving.

I had this experience when I managed in Belgium for a year. I lost four of my players to the African Cup of Nations.

“That resulted in me giving a young man called Wilfred Ndidi his debut. So that shows that it can be an opportunity as well as a challenge.

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