Klopp to study possibility of Salah participating in Olympics, says coach Gharib

Mahmoud Sheleib , Tuesday 3 Mar 2020

Salah was one of the key players who helped Liverpool achieve the UEFA Champions League and the Super Cup last season

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (AFP)

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has requested from Egypt's U-23 national team a comprehensive file on the team's programme that he can study before deciding on whether to let Mohamed Salah participate in the Olympics.

"I hope Salah will join us, as do all the players, since he is a big star in the world of football and will be an addition to the team, especially since we aspire to win an Olympic medal," national team coach Shawky Gharib told On Time Sports TV channel.

Salah was one of Liverpool's key players who helped the team to achieve the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup last season, and plays a big role in the team's current mission to win the Premier League after nearly 30 years of absence.

"We're not the decision makers right now, those are the English club, his coach Klopp, and Salah himself. We have delegated the EFA chairman to talk with the player," Gharib added.

The U-23 Africa Cup of Nations winner Gharib revealed that he will include 50 players in the initial squad list, with 12 over-aged players on 20 May, and the final squad list will be sent on 1 July.

Olympics regulations for football tournaments state that each team is allowed to include three over-age players, while the rest of the players must be under 23 years old.

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