CAIRO/LONDON: Egypt want Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah to play for them in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July and August, meaning he could miss the start of the next Premier League season writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Liverpool will not be happy about the disruptive prospect even though manager Jurgen Klopp has shown no reluctance about relying on his reserves and young players in FA Cup and League Cup this season.
Olympic selection is always a delicate issue, depending on negotiation between national federations and clubs because the Games are not are protected in the official FIFA international calendar.
Salah, 27, has been included in Egypt’s provisional 50-man squad for the tournament whose final is scheduled for August 8, the first day of the 2020-21 Premier season.
He could be one of the three permitted over-age players in an under-23 squad. It must be cut to 18 players by June.
Egypt coach Shawky Gharib said: “We cannot force Salah to join us. His participation is a decision to be taken only by Salah, his club Liverpool and his coach.”