Liverpool could lose Mo Salah for the start of the 2020-21 campaign due to Egypt’s international success.
Egypt have secured their place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which runs from 22nd July 22 to 8th August which clashes with the start of the domestic season. Salah would also miss out on important pre-season preparations if he reports for duty.
Having achieved success at the Under 23 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt have booked their place at the Olympics. Three players over 23 of years can be added to their squad and the Liverpool ace could receive the call. The decision whether to take part would probably rest with the player but there may be pressure from back home for him to accept any invitation.
However, Egypt Under 23 coach Shawky Gharib has admitted it is too early to decide if Salah will be one of his overage players.
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He said: “As an Egyptian, I’m so proud of what he is doing with Liverpool, he is an amazing player and makes the whole nation proud.
“But it is too early to talking about whether I will pick him to be with us in Tokyo 2020.
“I will think about the players that my team will need and then I will announce.”
Huddersfield Town winger Ramadan Sobhi, who’s currently on loan at Egyptian club Al Ahly, added that he has spoken with Salah about the Olympics.
“Salah called me by phone yesterday and congratulated us on the qualification for which I thank him very much,” said Sobhi.
“I also think it’s so early to talk about the players who will join us in Tokyo, we have 21 fighters in our squad [at the Under 23 Africa Cup of Nations] and they have done amazing job in the tournament.
“Everyone should give them the credit then we can talk about who will join us there.”
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