Liverpool face Salah nightmare as Egypt may pick him for two tournaments

Liverpool could lose Mohamed Salah to Egypt duty for two different tournaments next season after Egypt's under-23 coach again confirmed his wish to pick him for the Olympics.

Salah had been lined up by his country to be one of three overage players who featured in the squad for the 2020 games in Tokyo, only for the coronavirus crisis to see the 32nd summer games delayed by a year.

No decision on his involvement in the 2020 games had been taken by the time they were postponed, but Egypt coach Shawky Gharib had indicated his desire to pick the country's best-known player in his squad.

And now, speaking at a press conference ahead of the under-23 squad's upcoming training camp on Tuesday, Gharib has again stated his wish for Salah to lead his side in Japan.

"The team's technical staff and the Egyptian Football Association have the desire to call up Mohamed Salah for the Olympics," he told reporters, 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," he added.

With the Olympics now scheduled for July 23 to August 8 next year, Salah could miss much of Liverpool's pre-season and their opening to the 2021/22 Premier League campaign if he is involved in Japan.

In addition to that, the next edition of the African Nations Cup has now been put back to January and February 2022, meaning that Salah – along with Sadio Mane and Naby Keita – could miss a chunk of games in the middle of next season if he heads off to the tournament in Cameroon.

Qualification for the tournament has been affected by the pandemic, but Egypt currently sit third in their four-team group having drawn both of their matches.

Salah played for Egypt at the 2012 Olympics in the UK, scoring three times as they reached the last eight.

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