Salah named in Egypt’s preliminary Olympic squad

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Egypt have named Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in their preliminary squad for the upcoming Olympic Games.

The North African nation intends on taking the strongest possible squad to the global showpiece which is schedule for July of this year after an unexpected postponement last year due to Covid19.

Considering the fact that the Olympics are scheduled to clash with the start of the 2021/22 season, Egypt still has to engage Premier League side Liverpool about the possibilities of having the forward.

Speaking to Egyptian media, National U23 coach Shawky Gharib confirmed that he plans on including Salah as one of three senior players in his squad going to Japan. He remains optimistic of a positive outcome between club and country as the tournament approaches.

“Egypt U23s preliminary squad will be led by Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Shennawi alongside another goalkeeper.

“Salah is currently one of the most important players in the world and it’s normal to call him for Egypt. We will start official talks with Liverpool after the international break.”

After the season Liverpool have endured so far, with a number of injury concerns and limited squad depth, it’s understandable if Klopp would be resistant to sanctioning Salah’s inclusion in the tournament, but with the good relationship built between the Egyptian Football Federation and Liverpool over the years, the club might release the star.

Egypt qualified for the tournament in fine style after lifting the trophy on home soil in 2019. They will be one of three African countries at the tournament alongside South Africa and Ivory Coast.

Salah has played a vital role for the English champions this season having scored 17 goals and laid three assists. Liverpool is currently outside the top four in the league with 43 points from 26 games.

The Reds defeated struggling Sheffied United last weekend and will hope to continue where they left off when they host Chelsea on Thursday evening.

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By Prince Sobayeni 

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