Wednesday 12 February 2020
Football fans in Egypt are in a state of anticipation for Liverpool’s position on Mohamed Salah’s participation with the Olympic team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will be held next summer.
The Egyptian team, led by Shawky Gharib, hopes to use the services of Mohamed Salah in Tokyo next summer from among 3 players over the Olympic age who can support the Pharaohs in their search for the first football medal in the Olympics.
But on the other side, the Egyptian team is not entitled to summon a player without the approval of his club, as the Football Association gives clubs the freedom to allow players to participate with their country or not, so what are the backgrounds that govern Liverpool’s decision?
Juergen Klopp stated at the end of last January, saying: “The Olympiad is a wonderful thing, but it will not be good (for Mohamed Salah to participate). We have not made the decision yet. What I can say is that we will talk to Salah, so this is all with the matter. Decision-making from any party, I hope they have the entire list for the setup period but this is not easy for more than one reason. ”
The English Premier League kicks off on the same day that soccer competitions end in the Tokyo Olympics on August 8, which means that Mohamed Salah will be at risk of never getting a break, or being absent from the team for a long time at the start of next season.
There is another aspect to this matter, which is that Mohamed Salah, if he participated in the Olympics with the Egypt national team, would be exposed to playing 3 consecutive years in summer tournaments with his national team, starting from the 2018 World Cup until 2020.
In 2018, Juergen Klopp said after the World Cup: “Although Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are on summer vacation, they are subject to a special physical program until they are involved in the preparation period with the rest of the team.” However, he was ready on time at the start of the season.
Mohamed Salah participated with the Egyptian team in the 2019 African Nations in Cairo, and although he bid farewell to the tournament early in the round of 16, he also did not start the preparation period with the team.
It was expected that Mohamed Salah will participate in the finals of the African Nations also in the summer of 2021, but the African Union decided to return to contest it at the beginning of the year, which means that the player will be absent from Liverpool for about a month in the middle of the season, in addition to that the player will run with his country two tournaments during the period from July To February.