Friday Nov 22, 2019. 10:00
Egypt’s qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has already got Liverpool fans worried with Mo Salah almost certain to be selected as one of the three over-aged players allowed in the Under-23 competition.
It means he would miss the start of the 2020-21 English Premier League season, as well as a sizeable chunk of Liverpool’s pre-season, with the tournament set to run from July 23-August 8.
Any coach will tell you that the weeks leading up to the start of the campaign are vitally important to the season ahead and the loss of Salah will be a real blow for Jurgen Klopp.
Egypt and Ivory Coast have qualified for the Olympics after they made the final of the on-going Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations, which will be decided on Friday night.
Either South Africa or Ghana will join them when they play the bronze-medal match earlier in the evening.