Liverpool have been incredibly unlucky with availability in the recent weeks. Jürgen Klopp has lost a string of important players for a number of reasons, ranging from injury to illness he has been shorthanded to say the least. The problems could continue into next season with Liverpool possibly set to lose Mo Salah to the Olympics.
Liverpool availability issues
This has been a season like no other for a number of reasons.
The shortened pre-season has undoubtedly led to an increased number of injuries as players haven’t been afforded enough rest time.
We’ve lost a host of stars to fitness problems and positive COVID-19 tests.
Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for the entire campaign whilst the boss has been without Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez at one time or another – to name but a few.
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Mo Salah Olympics
Jürgen Klopp’s bad luck with his selection options could continue into next season with Mo Salah possibly set for the Olympics.
The Tokyo Games, originally scheduled for this summer, has been pushed back to 2021.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Egypt coach Shawky Gharib has stated his desire to call Mo Salah up for the Olympics. Ahram Online report Gharib as saying:
“The team’s technical staff and the Egyptian Football Association have the desire to call up Mohamed Salah for the Olympics.
“Salah is a world class player and I hope that he will be able to play with us in the Olympics. When you have such a player in your team, the objectives of the team would be different.”
What RTK has to say
This would be a disaster for Liverpool.
Should Mo Salah be called up for the Olympics he would be heading off pretty much immediately after a gruelling 2020/21 campaign and he would return around the first matchday of the new season – should the Premier League return to its traditional start date.
This would inevitably increase the player’s injury risk which is a long term problem for Jürgen Klopp.
Fingers crossed the Egypt coach has some mercy and thinks of the player’s safety.