Pep Guardiola will be pleased he will not lose Riyad Mahrez, who skippered Algeria to the African title last year.
Arsenal will now retain Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe, while Chelsea can be assured their new signing from Ajax, Hakim Ziyech, will not be required to join the Morocco squad.
Prior to lockdown, Klopp was baffled by the decision to have the Africa Cup of Nations played midway through the European season, suggesting it would reduce the chances of wealthy clubs pursuing African players knowing they would lose them at a key point of the season every two years.
“If you have to make a decision about bringing in a player, it is a massive one because before the season you know for four weeks you don’t have them,” he said last January.
“That’s a normal process and as a club you have to think about these things.”