By Frank McAvennie

12th Nov, 2021 | 12:05pm

Pundit makes 'oh my God' Liverpool claim as injury expert delivers shattering news

Liverpool will maintain their Premier League title charge in January despite preparing for the loss of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

That’s the opinion of former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid an update on Roberto Firmino.

Firmino, 30, was substituted off before half-time in Liverpool’s eventual 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on 3 November.

Football Insider pundit and injury expert Ben Dinnery expects the striker to be out of action for six weeks.

Firmino should recover in time to wave goodbye to Mo Salah and Sadio Mane as they depart for the African Cup of Nations.

If either Senegal or Egypt reach the latter stages of the competition, the players could miss up to six weeks of action for the Reds.

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McAvennie insists Liverpool aren’t facing a crisis in their attack.

“How long are they going to be away for?” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“That and Firmino’s knock is a big blow to them. Jota is staying of course and he is a great player.

“Origi is also there and he can do a job. Those players will keep it going.

“Firmino is a great player and Liverpool are better when he’s in the side.

“His loss will be felt over the next few weeks. How long’s he out? Six weeks? Oh my god. The issue now is getting him fit for January when Salah and Mane are away.

“He has to be in tip-top shape to bang those goals in. They will need him if they want to win the league.”

Salah has been in sensational form this season, scoring 17 goals in 15 games.

Mane has also impressed, scoring eight goals in 15 appearances.

In other news, a pundit has predicted Liverpool could complete the signing of Adama Traore next year.