Former Aston Villa striker, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has warned Liverpool that departures of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for the Africa Cup of Nations will cost them the title.
The two forwards will leave to represent Egypt and Senegal respectively.
Next year’s AFCON will run from January 9 to February 6.
Salah and Mane have scored a combined 28 goals for the Reds in the Premier League.
“I think that’s going to cost Liverpool the title [Mane and Salah leaving],” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
“Losing them players for the number of games they are away for.
“You can’t lose Salah and Mane for four to six games when you’ve got the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City who have got so much squad depth they can bring in quality players into their team.
“So for me, they’ve got to [purchase players in January], they’ve got to.”