Jurgen Klopp press conference: Liverpool manager on Salah at the Olympics, the Premier League winter break, and Atletico Madrid
The superstar forward is expected to be one of three overage players Egypt select for their Olympics campaign later this year, with the nation’s Under-23s manager name-checking him when discussing a possible squad selection.
Speaking earlier this week, Shawky Gharib said: “Out of the three senior players we’ll call up, Salah is the only one we’re settled on so far because he’s simply one of the top three players in the world.”
Should Salah feature at the summer tournament he would miss Liverpool’s entire pre-season – and possibly the opening games of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign also.
The gold medal match is scheduled for August 8, which is the same weekend as the opening gameweek of the new season.
It will be huge blow for Liverpool should Salah be called up, and Jurgen Klopp was quizzed on Egypt’s possible decision when he met the press on Friday.
Making it clear he does not want to lose one of his key players, Klopp did reveal no final decision has been made so far.
“No decision,” said Klopp on Salah. “Like always, it is clear, do I want to lose him? Of course not.
“We have to consider different things. I will speak with Mo and we are clear what we want. We need more info and no one has contacted us so far.
“We cannot discuss it as we don’t know too much yet. We will speak and we will see.”