Klopp comments on Salah's Olympics situation
- Egypt would love Mohamed Salah to take part in the 2020 Olympics.
- The forward could miss the Reds' pre-season.
- Jurgen Klopp doesn't want to lose a player in the pre-season.
- But as a sportsperson, the boss understands the Pharaohs.
- Anyway, nobody has contacted Liverpool yet.
Egypt Under-23 head coach Shawky Gharib has confirmed they would like Mohamed Salah to take part in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. If that's the case, the forward will miss Liverpool's pre-season. Jurgen Klopp has shared thoughts on the issue at the pre-Norwich press conference.
"Do I want to lose a player in the pre-season? No. Of course not," the boss said, as quoted by the Liverpool ECHO.
"Nobody has contacted us so far. But it’s an Olympic games. I’m a sportsperson. We have to see how we can deal with it.
"We cannot discuss it as we don’t know too much yet. We will speak and we will see."
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 certainly 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.