Liverpool stars Salah and Mane face race against the clock… will they be back in time?

That’s despite it being just 24 hours before Liverpool’s third-round FA Cup tie with Everton at Anfield.

Plans are in place for the Reds pair to make the 9,000-mile round trip to the ceremony in Accra, Ghana on January 4. 

The duo are joined by Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the final shortlist for the Player of the Year award.

The club plans to hire a private plane that will fly the attacking duo to Africa and back swiftly, in time for the match, which kicks off at 7.55pm on Friday, January 5th.

Salah, who became the first Liverpool player to get 20 goals in a season before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986-87, is expected to build on his own personal triumph after already landing the 2017 BBC African Football of the Year. 

The Egyptian’s goal at Bournemouth on Sunday means he has scored 14 times in his first 18 Premier League appearances, netting 20 goals in his first 26 matches in all competitions, equalling a record set by teammate Daniel Sturridge. 

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a breathtaking calendar year. After excelling with Roma, he scored the goal that sent Egypt to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and has made a huge impact at Anfield after arriving for £37.8m in July.

Mane won the Reds’ Player of the Year award last season after registering 13 goals and eight assists, and the Senegalese forward has also recorded seven goals and five assists so far this campaign, despite missing matches through injury.

The flight is expected to take around seven hours each way, meaning they’re likely to arrive back on the morning of the Everton game.

It leaves Jurgen Klopp with a crucial decision to make ahead of the crunch cup clash.