Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been given permission to attend the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) awards in Ghana just 24 hrs before their match against Everton.
Th striking duo have been nominated alongside Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick Aubameng for the coveted African Footballer Of The Year award.
The ceremony which takes place on Thursday 4th January will see both players in attendance along with a host of other prominent Football stars and officials.
Speaking at a press briefing after Liverpool’s 2-1 thrashing of Burnley last week, Manager Jurgen Klopp stated that he understands the importance of the awards to the players hence his decision to allow them to fly to Ghana.
The experienced coach who in the past also managed Aubameyang added:
“If it had been a matchday they wouldn’t have asked, but the night before is fine. We sleep in a hotel, they sleep in a plane. That is all the difference, the modern world.
If Mo is not fit, it will not be for that. For our side, it is just a sign of respect. I know it, I had Aubameyang too, and there is nothing more important for them than to go there. It’s fine.”
Klopp confirmed that the pair would train separately at Melwood on Thursday morning before flying to Ghana, but confirmed that Salah, who missed the game at Turf Moor, was a doubt to face Everton anyway due to a groin injury.