"First game of 2022 and it was an intense game. Split points tonight. We will continue. Good luck to our African players at the AFCON, make us happy," posted Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk on Twitter at the end of Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
On paper, his team Liverpool appears to be the most weakened by the departures at the AFCON. In addition to Senegal's Sadio Mané and Egypt's Mohamed Salah, who scored at Chelsea, the Reds will also lose Guinea's Naby Keita.