Liverpool are set to lose Mohamed Salah to two different tournaments next season after Egypt’s Under-23 coach confirmed his wish to pick him for the Olympics.
The Reds ace had been lined up to feature for Egypt at the 2020 games in Tokyo, only for the coronavirus pandemic to delay the event by a year.
While no official decision was made, coach Shawky Gharib expressed his desire for the country’s star man to be included in his squad.
And ahead of the rearranged games next summer, Gharib has again indicated he will be picking Salah for Egypt’s Olympic squad.
“The team's technical staff and the Egyptian Football Association have the desire to call up Mohamed Salah for the Olympics,” he said, via Ahram Online.
“Salah is a world class player and I hope that he will be able to play with us in the Olympics. When you have such a player in your team, the objectives of the team would be different.
“Brazil won the gold medal in Rio De Janeiro thanks to Neymar who led the Brazilian team in this competition.”
If he is included in Gharib’s Olympic squad, Salah could miss the majority of Liverpool’s pre-season and their opening 2021/22 Premier League fixtures with the games scheduled for July 23 to August 8 of next year.
However, the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations has also been put back to January and February 2022, meaning Jurgen Klopp could be without the 28-year-old again in the middle of next season should he earn a place in Egypt’s squad.
Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, of Senegal and Guinea respectively, will also be expected to feature at the tournament.
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Egypt currently sit third in their four-team qualification group after drawing their first two games.
Salah, who has earned 68 caps for Egypt, also represented his country at the 2012 Olympics in London, registering three goals during their run to the quarter-finals.
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