Liverpool have proactively moved to soothe concerns that Mo Salah could be used as a political tool while the Reds are in Qatar for the Club World Cup later this year, according to the Daily Mail.
Jurgen Klopp and his players will be looking to officially become the best team in the world when they play in the FIFA tournament in December having qualified as Champions League winners.
With Salah having been angered at being politicised in the past, for instance when he had to attend a banquet hosted by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov prior to the World Cup in Russia, the Reds wanted assurances ahead of their trip.
FIFA have insisted that Salah will be treated exactly the same as the rest of his teammates.
This is just the latest example of sport being complicated by politics, with Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan forced to miss the Europa League final in May because of worries over him travelling to Azerbaijan.