Egypt U23 coach: 'We cannot force Salah to participate in Olympics with us'
- Shawky Gharib's chosen Mohamed Salah in an expanded list of 50 players.
- It's a decision only the player, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp could make.
- The final 18-man list will be submitted next June.
Egypt Under-23 head coach Shawky Gharib claims they by no means would try to force Mohamed Salah to take part in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
"We cannot force Salah to participate with us," the 60-year-old told Reuters.
"Salah's participation with the Pharaohs team is a decision to be taken only by Salah, his club Liverpool and his coach Jurgen Klopp.
"I have chosen him in an expanded list of 50 players. The final list of 18 players will be submitted next June."
According to the rules, every country can use three players over the age of 23 and the Pharaohs could recruit Salah to boost their chances of winning the gold.
The competition will take place from July 22 to August 8, which would most likely coincide with the Reds' pre-season.
Salah has been amazing for Liverpool ever since arriving at Anfield from Roma back in 2017 for an initial €42m fee that could rise to €50m. The Egyptian has played 137 games for the Reds, scored 89 goals, registered 38 assists and helped Jurgen Klopp's crew win 3 trophies, including the Champions League last term.
Mo has been equally crucial for the team this season so far, scoring 18 goals and providing 9 assists in 33 games across all competitions.