AFCON 2019: What to look out for in this summer's tournament

Author: BBC Sport
All five BBC African Football of the Year 2018 nominees, including winner Mohamed Salah, are at Afcon 2019. From left, Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Thomas Partey and Salah

There are plenty of star names on show in this summer's Africa Cup of Nations. Liverpool's Champions League winning forwards Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Senegal) will be crucial to their countries' hopes.

That pair were joint top Premier League scorers this season along with another African - but Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Gabon did not qualify.

Another Liverpool player, Naby Keita, is in Guinea's squad, even though he is still recovering from a thigh injury.

Algeria will be looking to Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez for inspiration, while Morocco forward Hakim Ziyech comes into the tournament on the back of a 21-goal, 24-assist season with Ajax.

Ivory Coast's Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has been linked to several of Europe's top clubs after scoring 22 Ligue 1 goals. His international team-mate, Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, is also courting interest.

Porto's Moussa Marega was the joint-third top-scorer in this season's Champions League with six - although he has only scored two goals in his Mali career so far.

Senegal's Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in the world, while Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey is an Atletico Madrid regular.

Egypt, Senegal and Ghana are considered the three favourites to win the tournament.