Liverpool have rejected the pleas of Egypt to allow Mohamed Salah to play in the upcoming Olympic games. The Egyptian star will now remain in England as the pre-season preparations begin.
The Olympic games were set to take place in 2020 but were delayed for obvious reasons, but they are now set to begin in late July.
The new schedule of the competitions means that the event will partially overlap with the Premier League season, meaning some footballers will be absent as they represent their nations in Tokyo.
Mohamed Salah looked set to be a part of the Egypt squad, but Liverpool have denied him the opportunity due to how much he is needed in the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Clubs are not obligated to allow players to travel for the Olympics because those games are not on the FIFA calendar. Liverpool will also be wary of losing Salah for longer than necessary, as he, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita will already be absent in January for the rescheduled African Cup of Nations competition.
Shawky Gharib, the Egypt coach, admits he tried to convince the Premier League side to allow their star man to travel to the games numerous times.
He said: “I tried many, many times with Liverpool, as did the Egypt FA, to persuade them to let Salah be a part of the Olympic team but they refused completely.
“Mohamed wanted to play in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. He talked with me, I did my best to bring him. Salah was a key player in my Olympic plans. But the club refused – we need to move on.”