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Liverpool boss Klopp to speak with Egypt's Salah over possible Olympics participation

Salah's probable participation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will coincide with Liverpool's pre-season preparations

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 23 Nov 2019
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Klopp and Salah (Photo: Liverpool Official Website)
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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says he will talk with his key forward Mohamed Salah over the player's possible participation with Egypt at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I have no idea [what will happen]. There are some problems I know in the future, I knew from an hour ago that Egypt have qualified for the Olympics," Klopp was quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo on Friday.

Egypt's U23 national football team ensured a place at the Olympic Games for the 12th time after defeating South Africa 3-0 in the semi final on Tuesday, before winning the African Cup of Nations title after beating Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 in the final on Friday.

Olympic rules allow every team to select three over-age players, with Salah expected to be picked by U23 team coach Shawky Gharib.

Should Salah join Egypt for the Olympic Games, he will miss Liverpool's pre-season preparations.

"I have to speak to Mo. I don’t know if I do it today, or whenever. Who said they want him? Do they have a manager who said it?" Klopp added.

After Friday's triumph, Gharib insisted that he is the only one responsible for choosing the over-age players, declining to reveal any preferences.

Salah has scored six goals in the English Premier league so far this season. He has been recently nursing an ankle injury that he aggravated in Liverpool's 3-1 Premier League victory over Manchester City earlier this month.

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