Thursday Nov 28, 2019. 12:00
Egypt Under-23 coach Shawky Gharib has confirmed that he would like to take Liverpool striker Mo Salah to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, but says the feeling must be mutual.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted it would be a headache to lose his player for a vital part f pre-season in the July 22-August 8 tournament, and also questioned whether Egypt would actually ask him to play.
Gharib has confirmed that he does want the prolific forward, but admits he is not sure if Salah has the same ambition.
“Mohamed Salah is a source of pride for all Arabs and Egyptians. He is one of the best players in the world and a gives a great image to Egypt abroad,” Gharib told CBC channel.
“However, the desire [to play in Olympics] have to be common. He is a professional and of course he has rights and duties towards his own club.
“Definitely I would love to have him with me but the most important thing is his will to play with us. He was one of the most committed players with me during my tenure with the senior national team and was the top scorer.”
Teams who play at the Olympics are allowed to select three over-age players in their squad for the Under-23 tournament.