Liverpool and Egyptian star Mohamed Salah might miss the 20-21 Premier League season with a chance of a call for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Liverpool legend Mohamed Salah could miss the upcoming 20-21 Premier League season with a potential call to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Egypt’s under 23 coach is of the opinion that he would most likely include Salah as on the team’s three overage players.
This is where a possible conundrum comes in for Liverpool, with Salah eligible to head to Asia and represent his nation if selection. The dates of the tournament would see Salah not only miss the Reds’ pre-season but also the start of their domestic charge.
In a recent interview with ON Sport TV, Shawky Gharib confirmed he held talks with Salah, although it will Salah’s final call over the decision and his chances of participating in Tokyo 2020.
“We have to send a preliminary list of 50 players. Salah will be the first on the list as an official call-up,” Gharib said.
The Olympic tournament would begin on the 22nd of July, and the finals would take place on Saturday, the 8th of August, which is the same weekend when the Premier League season began in 2019.
However, if the Liverpool forwards opts for the Olympics, he will no doubt be missing the Liverpool’s entire pre-season schedule and would also need some time of reset before again making a comeback with his Liverpool teammates.
His summer break last year was also of very short duration as he was a part of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where Egypt was sent back at round 16 itself.
Most probably, Mo Salah might miss some more playing time for Liverpool next season, after hosts, Cameroon announced the AFCON will be shifted from the summer to January 2021.
The tournament was expected to be held in June and July however was changed due to weather conditions in the country weren’t supportive and hence the Cameroon Football Federation has decided to stage it between January 9 and February 6