Egypt Under-23s manager Shawky Gharib has reportedly included Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah in his squad for this present summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Gharib has for quite some time been quick to include Salah as one of his three more than 23 players for the competition, which is set to run during Liverpool’s pre-season and may even cover into the beginning of the new Premier League season.
According to 90min’s Tom Gott, Liverpool are reluctant to let Salah go, but that has not stopped Gharib, who told OnTime Sports TV (via the Liverpool Echo) that he has already decided to include the 28-year-old in his squad.
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“The only senior player who has been chosen is Mohamed Salah, he’s one of the best three players in the world,” Gharib said. “The remaining choices will depend on the team’s need. Let’s wait until the tournament draw and see who will join the likes of France, Argentina and Germany.”
While the idea of losing Salah at such an important point in the season might be a little scary for Liverpool, there isn’t really too much to worry about. FIFA do not recognise the Olympics as an official tournament, instead categorising it as an Under-23 event, and because of that, clubs are not required to release their players.
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