The Reds have yet to respond to the Egyptian FA regarding the talismanic striker’s participation in this summer sporting event
Liverpool have yet to confirm Mohamed Salah’s involvement in the Tokyo Olympics football event, according to Egyptian Under-23 coach Shawky Gharib.
The Egyptian Football Association had sent a message to the Premier League team to declare their willingness to see the striker participate in the sporting event.
However, the Pharaohs plans could be shaken as the Reds have not responded on whether the two-time African player of the year will be cleared for the competition which is set to begin in July.
“We have not received a definitive response from Liverpool regarding Salah’s participation in the Olympics,” Gharib told El Mehwar TV by Kingfut.
“The EFA also did not inform us of the rejection of our request.
“When a new development takes place, we will be officially notified directly. “
Salah and Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny are the only over-aged players included in the North African country’s preliminary squad for the men’s soccer tournament.
The event’s football competition is typically held between national Under-23 teams, with the caveat that countries may call up three players who have passed the age limit as senior party members.
If Salah were to eventually appear in the Tokyo games, he will not be available to manager Jurgen Klopp from July 23 to August 8 and will miss both the preseason and the first weeks of the 2021-2022 campaign.
Ahmed Megahed, who is currently in charge of Egypt FA on an interim basis, had revealed that the former AS Roma was eager to take part in the competition.
“We have sent a message to Liverpool management to announce our willingness to call Salah in Tokyo, they responded by saying that they would discuss the situation with the player,” Megahed told Egyptian TV station. MBC MASR.
“I can say Salah wants to play in the Olympics, he wants to help Egypt, and I hope Liverpool will say yes.”
The Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but had to be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The revamped matches will officially start in the Japanese capital on July 23, but the men’s soccer tournament is expected to start a day earlier.
Gharib’s team will face Australia, Spain and Argentina, winners in 2004 and 2008, in Group C.