Egypt will be cautious in calling up Salah considering his schedule with Liverpool.
’s international team, Egypt has vowed to not include the player in their Under-23 squad for 2021 Olympic Games unlessLiverpool
grants the 28-year-old permission. Since Egypt won the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations they will be attending the games with the option of including three players above the age of 23, Salah being the most likely to be included.
But since the next year’s campaign will be starting sooner than before the Reds may prevent the player form joining his international team considering the chances that it can interrupt his pre-season preparations.
Klopp talked about the possibility of missing the player saying: "Do I want to lose a player in the pre-season? No. Of course not. But we have to consider different things. I will speak with Mo and all that stuff.”
"We are completely clear about what we want, but we need more information – how will it look, when will the preparation start, all that stuff, and nobody has really contacted us so far, it’s just in the media."
"We have had to play already without Mo but not too often, thank God, but from time to time we have to.”
"It’s not about that. All the positive things I could say about Mo I have said in the past. But come on, it’s the Olympic Games, I’m still a sports person, the Olympics is the Olympics, but we have to see."
Under-23 head coach Shawky Gharib also revealed their plans for the player and the necessity to consult Liverpool beforehand.
"We will speak with Liverpool in March. We haven't discussed the issue (a potential call up for the Olympic Games) with the player yet.”
"The problem is that the AFCON will be played a few months after the Olympics, but the latter will end and the Premier League will start three days after. But we can't call up Salah unless Liverpool approve."