Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards facing added pressure due to Mohamed Salah issue

Liverpool: Klopp provides Salah contract update

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Liverpool could be without star man Mohamed Salah for the entirety of their pre-season, after Egypt reiterated their desire for the forward to form part of their squad for the Tokyo Olympics. The rescheduled games are due to take place between July 23 and August 8, meaning Salah could miss pre-season depending on how well Egypt do.

The winger was named in Egypt’s preliminary squad earlier this month as an over-age player.

Each nation can take three players over the age 23 to the games and Salah was named alongside nine other over-age players in the preliminary squad.

Shawky Gharib, who will coach Egypt at the Olympics, has said he wants Salah to be one of those final three players.

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“Salah’s participation in the Olympics is endorsed by the state, represented by the Sports Ministry and the Egyptian Football Association, in our concerted effort to garner an Olympic medal in football for the first time.

“Salah, as one of the three best players internationally, will lift the Pharaohs to a whole new level in the Olympics.

“His presence with us will make a huge difference.”

Should Salah end up going to Tokyo and missing pre-season, Liverpool will be presented with a major dilemma.

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With both Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri expected to leave the club in the summer and Roberto Firmino struggling for form, the potential added absence of Salah would further highlight Liverpool’s need to strengthen in attack.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has previously expressed reluctance to lose Salah for pre-season but he did admit he understands the significance of representing your country at the Olympics.

He said: “We have had to play already without Mo but not too often, thank God, but from time to time we have to, and we will have.

“It’s not about that.

“All the positive things I could say about Mo I have said in the past.

“We will have to see how we deal with it. We can’t really discuss it really because we don’t know anything about it, or not a lot about it.

“But we have heard about some of the things the manager of the Olympic team has said. We have to get in contact or they have to contact us and we will see.”

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