Interim Liberia coach Frank Jericho Nagbe and crew can, perhaps, plot Senegal’s downfall without Demba Ba when the sides square-off in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Samuel Kanyon Doe sports complex in Paynesville on Sunday.
Ba, who joined Chelsea from Newcastle United during the 2013 January transfer window for an undisclosed fee, was one of four players omitted by head coach Alain Giresse from the squad that drew 1-1 with Angola in Guinea, Conakry on March 23.
He missed a decisive penalty in that match and Giresse said his decision was "purely a sporting one".
"I've decided to go without him for these two games. Senegal have plenty of target men and I'm giving chances to others for the next two World Cup qualifiers," the Frenchman said in Dakar as he announced his 23-man squad.
Ba was replaced by Marseille striker Modou Sogou while Newcastle's Papiss Demba Cisse, who scored in the 1-1 with Angola on June 8, retained his place.
But Giresse still has plenty of options including Moussa Sow of Fenerbahce, Hannover 96's Mame Birame Diouf and Dame Ndoye, who plays at
Senegal lead the group J with six points, two clear of bottom-placed Liberia with Uganda on five points and Angola on four points.
Goalkeepers: 1-Bouna Coundoul of Enosis Neon Paralimini, Cyprus; 16-Ousmane Mané of Diambars in Senegal and 23-Cheikh Ndiaye of Rennes, France.
Defenders: 2-Ludovic Lamine Sane of Bordeaux, 14-Lamine Gassama of Lorient, 20-Salif Sané of Nancy (but will join Germany’s Hannover 96 on 1 July on a four-year deal), 18-Pape Ndiaye Souaré of Reims, 4-Zargo Touré of La Havre and 22-Cheikh Mbengue of Toulouse in France; 6-Papa Guèye of Metalist Kharkiv, Ukraine and 8-Abdoulaye Seck of Anderlecht, Belgium.
Midfielders: 3-Kara Mbodji of Genk, Belgium; 21-Mohamed Diamé of West Ham United, England; 5-Papa Kouly Diop of Levante, Spain; 10-Sadio Mané of Red Bull Salzburg, Austria; 17-Idrissa Gana Guèye of Lille, 13-Rémi Gomis of Valenciennes and Ndiaye Deme Ndiaye of Lens in France.
Forwards: 9-Mame Birame Diouf of Hannover 96, Germany; 7-Moussa Sow of Fenerbahce, Turkey; 19-Modou Sougou of Marseille, France; 15-Papiss Demba Cissé of Newcastle United, England and 11-Dame Ndoye of Locomotiv Moscow in Russia.