Mohamed Salah 'confirms' Olympics stance


Mohamed Salah has made his decision on quitting Liverpool for weeks to join Egypt Un23 team for the Olympics

According to Egypt’s U23 team coach Shawky Gharib, Mohamed Salah wants to represent Egypt in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Egypt are allowed to name three overage players in their squad for the summer competition and the Nation's Football Association have already written to
Liverpool asking for permission to include the 28-year-old in for the games.

If Salah eventually takes part, then it means Liverpool forward would miss some of his side's pre-season ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign getting underway on Saturday, August 14.

Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to to sanction Salah's departure when asked about the situation earlier this year.

But Gharib is hopeful that with the forward keen to present his country, the Reds will grant their request in order to give his side the best possible chance of claiming gold.

"We got Salah's approval for playing at the Olympics before sending the request to Liverpool," Gharib told ON Sport radio station.

Before adding: "We are still in discussions with the
Premier League club regarding the tournament’s timing.

"Sure, having the experienced players will add more strength to the tournament, but the club may reject the request due to their commitments at the same time of the Olympics.

"I will choose three over-age players, as we have big ambitions in this tournament. We will be facing strong opponents, so calling the senior players will add more value to our team."

Egypt's U23 team kicked off their preparations for the games by starting a two-week training camp on Tuesday and will name their 22-man squad on June 22.

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