Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is unlikely to play at this year’s summer Olympics in Tokyo, with his club expecting the player to be a part of their full pre-season schedule.
Manager Jurgen Klopp believes that those players not participating at Euro 2020 or the Copa America should be available for pre-season training on July 12.
The club have already rejected France’s request to allow new signing Ibrahima Konate play at the Games next month, and while there isn’t any policy preventing players from doing so, Salah is not expected to go to Japan.
The Olympics allow for three players over the age of 24 in every squad and the Egypt FA’s president Ahmed Megahed believes Salah will contact Liverpool this week to see his chances.
The Games run from July 22 to August 7, clashing with training for Liverpool’s first game of the season at Norwich City.
Factor in that Liverpool are likely to lose Salah mid-season for the African Cup of Nations, it is incredibly unlikely that they will want to miss him at the start of the campaign as well.
In addition to Salah, Liverpool will also likely lose Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for the duration of the African continental tournament.
This is not the first issue between the Egypt FA and Salah.
In 2019, there was a row as Egypt’s votes for FIFA’s The Best awards were not registered.
Even though captain Ahmed Elmohamady and Olympic team coach Shawky Ghareeb both voted for Salah, those votes were not registered.
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In 2018, Salah’s representatives were unhappy at how they believed he was used as a political pawn during the World Cup, with Salah pictured on a number of occasions with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
After the World Cup, Salah even wanted better protection and organization from his FA for the players that represented Egypt.
The official decision on Salah’s participation in the Olympic Games remains to be seen.
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