Liverpool have reportedly refused to allow star forward Mohamed Salah to represent Egypt at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, but the Egyptian Football Association is not giving up yet.
The Reds have seemingly decided against giving the Egyptian permission to go to the Games because the attacker could miss Liverpool's opening 2021/22 Premier League fixtures as a result, with the tournament in Japan set to take place from 21 July to 7 August while the new EPL season kicks off on 13 August.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is already preparing for the campaign ahead knowing that the Egypt talisman will likely be taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations in January 2022, and wants the forward to be available for pre-season training.
Salah is reportedly pleading with the club to let him play at the Tokyo Olympics as he sets his sights on taking the Pharaohs as far as possible in the competition.
Egypt FA president Ahmed Megahed remains hopeful of the attacker's inclusion in the country's Olympics squad, however.
“I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult, Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team," he told ONTimeSport.
"We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff, but in the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season.
"... We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter, and within the next two days he will find a way."
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