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‘If I wish them good luck it would be a lie’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want his players to do well

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has publicly stated he doesn’t want his players doing well while on international duty, ensuring they get back to Anfield sooner rather than later. 

Mohamed Salah is due to play in the African Cup of Nations for Egypt, while Wataru Endo is heading for the Asian Cup with Japan. Klopp would rather both players return to the squad as quickly as possible, though, suggesting an early exit from their respective tournaments is preferred. 

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup on Sunday, the Liverpool boss made his feelings clear about the mid-season international tournaments. 

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring against Everton in the Premier League in October 2023.

Salah will want to go all the way in Ivory Coast with Egypt (Image credit: Getty Images)

“I said if I wish them good luck it would be a lie,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference. 

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