Liverpool players spiritual preparations and how club respectfully honours faith behind the scenes – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Football Club are an incredible organisation when it comes to respecting and honouring faith and religion at every level.

At Anfield for example there is a multi-faith prayer room, accessible for fans via the Main Stand from up to five hours before kick-off at every match.

At Melwood for the players there is also a prayer and faith room which the ECHO understands is used by the likes of Muslim superstars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane while Gini Wijnaldum also frequents the room as a very spiritual player for reading and reflection.

Other players use it too but a little more privately and when Liverpool complete their training ground move from Melwood to the new complex in Kirkby, scheduled for completion this summer, the room will be replicated for all staff members to continue their practices.

Before matches, Liverpool don't need to arrive at grounds early for players such as Salah and Mane to pray or carry out any religious activity they so wish. The club instead factor this in to the countdown to kick-off in terms of the rubs and stretches players receive among other things they need to do in that time before lining-up alongside their team-mates.

And with that, neither Salah or Mane has ever requested an early arrival time at a match either but both instead factor everything into their important match preparations.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is very open about his strong Christian faith. Alisson recently played a role in the baptism of Liverpool and Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino - of which the frontman shared a video on Instagram with both players seemingly very emotional following the religious event. Belgian striker Divock Origi has too been open about his faith and how that has helped him through injuries.

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This in itself highlights just what can happen when talented people from any belief and all walks of life come together to work alongside and understand each other in perfect assimilation.

And that is exactly what World Religion Day, held on the third Sunday in January every year, aims to promote - that inter-faith understanding and harmony is incredibly important and that by emphasising the common denominators underlying all religions can help people see that working together can bring great success.

It's hard to think of another set-up that does this quite so incredibly as Liverpool with players, managers and staff following a number of different religions and factions of religions but understanding each other and helping each other along so much so that they are the reigning European and world champions of football.

Klopp manages Protestants, Catholics and other Christian denominations as well as Muslims and has spoken on numerous occasions about the harmony between the players in the dressing room being one of the most important factors for success at Liverpool.

He said recently: "It only works because of the environment, it only works because of the atmosphere the boys create by themselves in the group."

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