Egypt claim Mohamed Salah had a ‘strong desire’ to play at the Olympics. Liverpool have said no, however.
Mohamed Salah really wanted to play at the Olympics this year. That’s according to Egypt’s coach, anyway.
Shawky Gharib feels both Salah and Galatasaray’s Mostafa Mohamed wanted to represent their country at the competition. Neither will get the chance to, however, as their clubs said no.
“The Turkish club signed Mostafa Mohamed in order to participate in European competitions, so it’s their right to keep him. The same goes for Liverpool.
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“Mohamed Salah had a strong desire to be with the Olympic team in Tokyo and also Mostafa Mohamed, but what happened was out of their control.”
Mohamed Salah to miss Olympics
In any other year, we’d think Liverpool were being unreasonable here. You sign players knowing full well they have international desires and commitments.
It won’t surprise anyone to learn that Salah really wanted to represent Egypt and try to win a trophy. That’s just who he is.
But Liverpool have to take the selfish route right now. The injury crisis last year puts them in a very difficult position as few players are reliably fit going into next season.
Most of the stars are already at international tournaments, too, meaning Salah is actually one of the few players Liverpool can actually count on to start the campaign. We entirely understand not wanting to lose him.
Especially given how heavily Liverpool leaned on Salah last season. They became incredibly reliant on him and having him miss games could prove disastrous. They’ll want him as fit and available as possible.