- Egypt’s Olympic football head coach Shawky Gharib has revealed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will be the first name on the team sheet when their squad for the Olympic football tournament is announced.
Liverpool could be set for a battle with Egypt over Mo Salah ahead of the reschedule Tokyo Olympic Games. The 28-year-old has emerged into a world football icon over the last couple of years and is the poster boy of Egypt.
Despite that, the Pharaohs will have to convince Jurgen Klopp to allow the forward to leave Anfield ahead of the start of next season, though that means Salah will miss the first few games of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.
Gharib has stated that Mo Salah is the first name in the country football list as he vows to make that happens.
“The only and first name I put in the squad is Mohamed Salah,” Gharib explained.
“All Egyptian players would like to have the honor to play in the Olympics but all of us wanted Salah so he will be with us,” he added.
“I’m ready to put all the pressure on Liverpool to accept his participation, and I could travel to England for that,” the former Egypt National team assistant coach said.
Gharib insists it won’t be the first time meet the experienced Germany tactician Jurgen Klopp as the two had been in loggerhead for the Egyptian international Mohamed Zidan.
“I remember when I was the assistant coach of the Egyptian National Team,” he said.
“I traveled to Germany to meet Jurgen Klopp and convince him to let Mohamed Zidan join the team and he accepted.
“We will use Salah of course and the Egyptian Football Federation will play a role,” he assured.
Meanwhile, Liverpool and Mo Salah will probably have another complicating factor as Salah would be called up for the Africa Cup of Nations if Egypt qualifies.
The Africa continental event in Cameroon was delayed for 12 months, meaning it will be held on January 2022. As a result, Salah could miss a large portion of the campaign, something that would surely not go down well with the German Liverpool Coach Klopp.