MOHAMED SALAH is set to skip the Tokyo Olympics after Liverpool won the club vs country row.
Egypt wanted their star forward, 29, to take part in the Games and play in the opening group match against Spain on July 22 in Sapporo.
However SunSport understands Salah will remain with his club for pre-season rather than travel to Japan for the three-week event.
Pharaohs’ chiefs are understandably unhappy with the decision by the Anfield club.
But given the Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled for next January and February in Cameroon this is at least a compromise on his international playing availability as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to mount a title challenge.
Salah scored 22 Premier League last season as Liverpool qualified for next season’s Champions League on the last day of the Covid-hit campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s men open up their 2021-22 season with a trip to Norwich on August 14.
That means, Salah would face a race against time to be fit and up to speed with Liverpool’s game plan in time.
Japan star Takumi Minamino and France’s Ibrahima Konate have also been linked with going on Olympic duty, but are likely to be denied by Kop bosses.
Clubs CAN block players from going away for the Olympic Games as it is technically an Under-23s tournament and therefore not part of the Fifa calendar.
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Egypt chiefs had previously admitted they knew it will be ‘difficult’ for Salah to play any part in this summer’s Games in Japan.
Egyptian FA president Ahmed Megahed told ONTime Sport: “I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult.
“Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team.
“We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff.
“But Liverpool refused the request as they do not want to lose him at the start of the season as well as January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches.
“We spoke with Salah again and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter.
“Within the next two days he will find a way.”
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