Jurgen Klopp told the media today that he has plans to speak with Mo Salah about the fact Egypt want to call him up to the Olympics this summer.
If that happened, our no.11 would miss the entirety of pre-season and could actually be playing the Final on the opening day of the Premier League season…
Considering he’s also set to miss a chunk of the campaign at the African Cup of Nations, it’s pretty frustrating news for Liverpool.
Klopp though says it’s not confirmed and that he’ll speak with Salah about the situation.
“No decision made yet. What I have to say to him I will say it to Mo, so that is all. Neither side has made a decision. I wish we could have whole squad together for pre-season but that is not possible for different reasons,” the boss said, cited in the Echo.
“Olympics is a wonderful thing but it would not be too cool. No decision made yet.
“I wish we could have the whole squad together for the pre-season.”
Hopefully Klopp will be able to persuade Salah of the benefits of a summer away from football.
He needs a break, considering the work he does on the field and the fact he plays nearly every game available…
If Salah does travel to Beijing with Egypt though, Liverpool will have surely have to bring in offensive reinforcements – considering Sadio Mane will also be at the AFCON with Senegal.