Egypt are very likely to be without their starman Mohammed Salah at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games after Liverpool have exhibited their loathness to release the player for the competition.
Egypt were keen to include the Liverpool’s attacker into their squad as one of the overage players for the tournament this July but Liverpool have now turned down the request to allow Salah participate in the Olympics.
This is due to the fact that the club is guaranteed to loose Mohammed Salah as well as Sadio Mane and Naby Keita by January for the African Cup of Nations tournament and the Merseyside club cannot afford to miss the service of their key man on two occasions in the coming season.
Egyptian FA president Ahmed Megahed has been trying to lure the 29-year-old to play at the Olympic games and he made this known recently in a conversation with ONTime Sport where he stated thus:
“I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult. Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team.”
“We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff.”
“But, in the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches.”
“We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter, and within the next two days he will find a way.”
Liverpool who will begin their preseason tour in preparation for the upcoming season in July will ensure the presence of Mo Salah at the camp and are even waving off speculation suggesting that Takumi Minamino (Japan) and Ibrahim Konate (France) will be invited for the Olympics this summer.
The Olympic football tournament is one which consist of players under the age of 23 years with the exception of 3 overage players. This year’s edition is slated to begin on July 22nd to August 7, meaning the tournament will end a week prior to the commencement of the 2021/22 Premier League season.