Mohamed Salah has been left out of the Egypt squad for the Tokyo Olympics. According to Goal.com, Liverpool declined to release Salah for Tokyo Olympics which forced Egypt head coach Shawky Gharib to drop their ace striker from the squad. Arsenal’s Mohamed will also miss the flight to Tokyo after not being named in the squad.
Egypt Football Association president Ahmed Megahed last month said that Salah would find a way to be at the Olympics. However, it seems that they couldn’t strike a deal with Liverpool.
“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. “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, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches.
“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.”
The Tokyo Olympics commence on July 23 and will conclude on August 7, which is just a week before the start of the 2021-22 Premier League season. If Liverpool would have allowed Salah to play for Egypt, they would have missed his services for the entire pre-season schedule and the opening three fixtures against Norwich City, Burnley and Chelsea.