Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp plots talks with Mohamed Salah over Olympic plans


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is planning to talk to Mohamed Salah over his potential inclusion in Egypt's Olympic squad.

Salah could be named as one of three overage players in Egypt's Under-23s side who will battle for a gold medal at Tokyo 2020 in the summer.

If involved, Liverpool would be without their star man for pre-season ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Egypt's manager this week confirmed he is planning to include Salah but admitted he is yet to speak to the attacker about whether he would accept.

Klopp has now provided an update on the situation, insisting they do not want Salah to play in the competition but hinting he will tread carefully over the issue.
Jurgen Klopp says he plans to speak to Mohamed Salah over his Olympic stance (Image: Getty Images)

Asked about if Salah will go to the Olympics, Klopp said: "No decision. Like always, it is clear.

"Do I want to lose a player in the pre-season? No. Of course not.

"It’s an Olympic games. I’m a sports person.. we have to see how we can deal with it.

"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."
Salah would miss pre-season ahead of the 2020/21 campaign if he heads to the Olympics (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Speaking earlier this week, Egypt Under-23s manager Shawky Gharib appeared adamant Salah would be selected.

Speaking to ON Sport, 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.

“I haven’t talked to Salah at all about him joining the U-23 squad for the Olympics, but in all honesty, his participation in the Olympics will need a little effort from him as well.”

But he appeared to backtrack and clarify they have no mandate to force his inclusion.

"Salah's participation with the Pharaohs team in Tokyo is a decision to be taken only by Salah, his club Liverpool and his coach Jurgen Klopp," he said.

"We cannot force Salah to participate with us because FIFA regulations do not compel him to participate."