Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed the club have changed their training schedule to better accommodate their Muslim players during the month of Ramadan.
The Reds have four Muslim players in their squad, all of whom have taken part in the festival, which includes fasting. Talk to be in sports, Mane admitted that playing games and training during Ramadan is not easy and the players have asked Jurgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson if the club can help them by changing the schedule. He said:
“It’s not easy, but we spoke to the captain and the boss to ask if we could change the schedule. We then trained in the morning and then we had time to rest and go home. . If you train around 2 or 3 p.m. it would be tough. But they said yes and it made it easier and we try to do our best!”
“It’s difficult but Liverpool tried to make it easy for us. We spoke to our nutritionist Mona [Nemmer] too and she made it easy for us to do our Ramadan.”
Mane, along with Mohamed Salah, Ibrahima Konate and Naby Keita are all devout Muslims who fasted throughout April. Ramadan will end on May 2.
‘He’s world class’ – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Mane
Mane found the back of the net in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Villarreal in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Speaking after the game, Klopp was asked if Mane should be in contention for the Ballon d’Or. He said:
“Wow! He’s playing an exceptional season, Sadio is an exceptional player, I have nothing to do with the Ballon d’Or nomination and all that stuff, I don’t really understand it 100%. He’s from world class and put on a really good game again for us. I’m not sure exactly how you come to that question now, the season isn’t even over. Historically, you have to win something, I think, to win the Ball Gold most of the time. the time.”
“It was like that, that if you’re not Messi or Ronaldo, you probably have to win the Champions League, which we haven’t done yet, so give us a few more weeks and then we’ll see where. we’ll meet again. Sadio wants to contribute, Sadio wants to help the team and that’s what I like the most.”