Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah could be set to miss the Reds’ 2020/21 pre-season summer tour as well as the opening to the Premier League next season – and many supporters have taken to Twitter to call for summer reinforcements.
The potential setback comes amid reports [Independent] that Egypt Under-23s boss Shawky Gharib has claimed the Reds’ talisman will be in the Pharaohs upcoming squad for the summer Olympics.
The 2020 games will be staged in Tokyo, with the men’s competition starting on July 23 and the gold medal match set to be contested on August 8 with the opening day of the Premier League scheduled on the same day as the final.
This comes on top of the news not long ago that Liverpool trio Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will all miss a sustained period next season due to Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon scheduled to commence in January 2021.
Salah, 27, is the club’s top-scorer this with 18 goals and nine assists in 33 appearances this season. The Ballon d’Or nominee is currently on course to claim his first Premier League title with Liverpool currently 22 points clear at the top of the table.
Both Salah and Mane have played a part in 234 goals since their respected moves to Merseyside which could prompt Klopp to consider some attacking reinforcements with the German manager set to lose both of his main attackers for a sustained period of time next season.
The former Chelsea forward has been the club’s top-scorer in each of his three seasons at the club since his £34m [BBC Sport] move from Roma in 2017.
A potential silver lining for Liverpool is that Salah has reportedly not been involved in talks as of yet, meaning he himself will have to decide on whether to take part in the tournament in Tokyo or instead opt to feature for the Reds in pre-season.
Following the news regarding Salah’s potential absence, many Liverpool supporters have called for Klopp to consider bringing in some attacking additions in the summer window.
Here is a look at how some of the fans reacted to the news…
We need to sign Sancho in my opinion
— ً (@ftblbrian) February 12, 2020
Salah is a key player for us. But if he wants to play for his country in the Olympics then good luck to him. We have to respect that and simply rotate. We’re going to have to have solutions anyways during AFCON so Klopp will have prepared players to replace him for certain games
— LFC Central (@LFCCentral1) February 12, 2020
It’s ok Werner will cover
— Marvellous Mane (@SadioSZNN) February 12, 2020
— Jack Burton (@jjburton88) February 12, 2020
TIMO NEWS JAMES
— Trent=Baller🏴 (@Brazilian_Bobby) February 12, 2020
— LuKa 🇦🇺🇮🇹 (@LuKa112v2) February 12, 2020
— Todd Jones (@b_t_jones) February 12, 2020