By Dominic King for MailOnline
Published: 19:11 GMT, 1 January 2018 | Updated: 19:11 GMT, 1 January 2018
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will be considered for the Merseyside derby on Friday even though they undertake a remarkable 6000-mile round trip 24 hours earlier.
Liverpool have chartered a private jet to allow Mane and Salah to attend the Africa Footballer of the Year awards, which are being staged in Ghana on Thursday. The influential attackers will leave Merseyside on Thursday morning and return immediately after the event.
It is a six-hour flight to Accra but Jurgen Klopp has no concerns about Mane, who scored his first goal in the Premier League since November 29 in the 2-1 win over Burnley, spending 12 hours in the air before the FA Cup third round tie and does not believe their preparations will be affected.
Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah