Shawky Gharib the manager of Egypt’s under-23 men football team has included the Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah in his squad for the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo.
So far the Pharaoh’s under-23 manger Gharib has developed a good relationship with Salah, obviously it is not surprising that he (Salah) is included as one of the three over-23 players for the tournament.
The 2020 Olympics games in Tokyo is scheduled to hold in Japan this summer and it will be held from 23rd July to the 8th of August 2021. Originally, the event was due to take place just about same period last year 2020, but was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eventually, if things pan out as been speculated, it may mean that Salah is going to miss out on all Liverpool’s pre-season games and possibly some opening games of the new Premier League season.
Though the management at Liverpool is not likely to let the star go, but Gharib is keen on seeing to it that Salah joins his squad for the tournament.
Speaking to Sports TV, Gharib made it known that he has already included the 28-year-old athlete in his squad.
He said “The only senior player who has been chosen is Mohamed Salah, he’s one of the best three players in the world,… The remaining choices will depend on the team’s need. Let’s wait until the tournament draw and see who will join the likes of France, Argentina and Germany.”
At the moment, no one knows if Liverpool will release Salah. Of course it is not mandatory for clubs to release players for the Olympics as FIFA do not recognise it as an official tournament.
Recall that Sergio Ramos had voiced out that the Olympics is the only tournament he’s yet to feature in. Maybe this is going to see him play for his country for the first time, we’ll keep you posted on that.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool management has the right not to release Salah for the Olympics tournament in Tokyo. However, the Egyptian boss is less likely to back down from getting Salah to his side ahead of the Olympics.
Well, this is going to be a hard decision for Jurgen Klopp, judging from the club’s recent performance and all season complaints of the forward line looking a little tired and suffering from lack of pre-season. For Salah to play for the pharaohs at the Olympics may imply him being denied the rest he has needed for about 18 months now. We keep our fingers crossed as we await the final decision.