​Liverpool assistant Lijnders: We've shown we can win without Mane and Salah

Liverpool assistant boss Pep Lijnders says they have shown they can win without stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The Reds are hoping to secure their berth in the Carabao Cup final to take on Chelsea.

But they must get past Arsenal in the second leg of the semi final at the Emirates Stadium, after having drawn the first leg 0-0 at home.

Lijnders said regarding Salah and Mane’s absence due to AFCON, per the club website: “We did it before. We had one of the most memorable games we played, I think, was without a few of them. It’s not about that.

“When we have our squad, especially after last year, we knew we needed to create like different weapons. We needed to create goals from everywhere, last passes from everywhere, dribbles from everywhere, attacks from everywhere – not just based on counter-attack or on the speed of these two boys.

“I said before, they are our face, they are our frontline, they give us so much direction in our games. But what I like is that we don’t have one weapon – we have so many different ways to attack. How we are evolving as a team and how we are developing with our positional game, it’s important and I really like [it].”

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