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Liverpool could be without Mo Salah for the start of the new season with Egypt set to name him in their preliminary squad of the Olympic Games in Japan.

 

The 28 year-old is one of three over-age players named as part of the squad for the African nation with the delayed global sporting showcase taking place between the 23rd of July and 8th of August.

 

The Mirror says that timeline will see the superstar miss part of the Reds pre-season campaign and at least the opening game of the Premier League season.

 

The Egyptian Football federation have not contacted Liverpool to this stage but they have due for key talks later this month.

 

Egypt U/ 23 coach Shawky Gharib confirmed this as well as the selection of Salah in a statement.

 

“Salah is currently one of the most important players in the world and it’s normal to call him for Egypt’s Olympic squad.

 

"We will start the official talks with Liverpool after the international break in March."

 

With the season that Liverpool have had in terms of key absentees, Jurgen Klopp will be hell-bent on starting the new campaign with as strong a team as possible and you can guarantee there will be a fair bit of pushback from the club on these plans.

 

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Regarding the future of Salah at club level, there is often speculation that he may look for a new challenge with Real Madrid often mentioned.

 

However Klopp knows how pivotal Salah to the fortunes of the squad and remained rock solid in his view that Salah is not going anywhere.

 

“It's just a bit awkward when I have to praise my own players, which I like to do to be honest, but especially in Mo's case, the numbers speak for themselves.

 

"Mo is not only a goalscorer, he has developed as a footballer as well. 

 

“He is a very, very important player for us and hopefully he will be that for a very long time of course."

 

 

 

 


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2 hours ago, TheBitch said:

Looking forward to @an tha’s take on this. 

He'll probably be injured anyway, pal.

 

Joking aside the AFCON is a proper worry.....proper rant brewing over that.

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41 minutes ago, Code said:

Will the Olympics actually be held though?

Id say it's still debatable but the IOC and Japan seems quite bullish about them going ahead.

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5 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

Id say it's still debatable but the IOC and Japan seems quite bullish about them going ahead.


Its understandable I guess, but I read something about it might getting cancelled not that long ago. 

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2 minutes ago, Code said:


Its understandable I guess, but I read something about it might getting cancelled not that long ago. 

A solution would be to postpone it until the next due cycle but then all the athletes where last year \ this year if it goes ahead would be their last chance, would miss their opportunity.

 

Unless there's a major u turn, I think with the vaccines that they'll try and put it on.

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I don't think it's right that a professional footballer who is contracted to a club is fair game to be selected by his country's olympic committee.

A boxer, tennis pro, golfer fair enough because they are not contracted to a club, but a footballer?, No.

 

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I doubt we’re obliged to honour this so if they insist on calling him up charge them £5m per day while he’s there and £20m per day if he’s injured to be paid during his injury period.

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8 hours ago, an tha said:

He'll probably be injured anyway, pal.

 

Joking aside the AFCON is a proper worry.....proper rant brewing over that.

So there’s AFCON in the summer, and the Olympics in August? 

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Christ, no end of tournaments the next year or so for the players.

 

Euros also this summer for our European players and the World Cup next year too. 
 

Everyone’s going to be even more goosed by next summer.

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2 hours ago, Reckoner said:

So there’s AFCON in the summer, and the Olympics in August? 

Jan.

 

Probably lose Salah and Mane (if still here) for pretty much a month.

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1 minute ago, an tha said:

Jan.

 

Probably lose Salah and Mane (if still here) for pretty much a month.

 

You forgot about the most devastating miss for our team. Keita will be away too.

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11 minutes ago, Herp McDerp said:

 

You forgot about the most devastating miss for our team. Keita will be away too.

Hopefully fleecing another club for 100k a week.

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15 hours ago, Jairzinho said:

Fuck the olympics, fuck Egypt, and fuck Shawky Gharib.

Fuck internationals. The club situation has changed so much, injuries and absences affect too many clubs.Too many international competitions, friendlies and qualifying marches.

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