Chelsea and Tottenham have been handed boost over a possible challenge for the Premier League title in coming seasons.
Liverpool look likely to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history at the end of the 2018/19 season. Jurgen Klopp’s men are 14 points clear of last season’s Champions Manchester City in the Premier League table.
However, the movement of the African Cup of Nations competition back to mid-season could hand Liverpool a problem in the coming seasons.
It has been announced that the competition has been moved to January and February next season, meaning that players who take part in the competition could miss up to a month of Premier League action.
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The competition took place in the summer of 2019, but has been moved to mid-season because of whether concerns over host country Cameroon.
The decision means that the Reds could be without Naby Keita (Guinea), Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal) for a crucial part of next season, providing a boost to teams looking to challenge at the top of the table.
It also means that other teams could be without crucial players. Pierre-Emerick Aubmaeyang (Gabon) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) for Arsenal.
Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana), Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Jordan Ayew (Ghana), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast) for Crystal Palace.
Victor Wanyama (Kenya), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast) for Tottenham and Arthur Masuaku (DR Congo) for West Ham.