The coronavirus pandemic has postponed the Tokyo Olympics by a year, and will now fall on the eve of the 2021-2022 Premier League season.
More pressing for Liverpool is the next installment of the African Cup of Nations, which takes place midway through next season.
And all hope of seeing Salah choose the club rather than the country seems to have been wiped out, after compatriot Mido revealed that the star is determined to appear in both competitions.
“Salah has to go with Egypt to CAN – and Liverpool have no right to say no,” Mido told the Sun. “These are FIFA rules and they cannot prevent Salah from joining the national team for any reason. If Salah doesn’t want to go, then that’s the only reason not to see him. “
This could pose a big problem for Liverpool in what should be the first defense of their Premier League title.
In addition to Salah, the Reds also have Senegalese Sadio Mane in their team and Guinean Naby Keita.
The CAN lasts a month from the beginning of January, but Liverpool should probably allow the three players to join their international teams before that.
Mido added: “All the African players had this problem when we were in England. So I was happy when CAN 2019 was played in the summer.
“It has taken African stars away from any problem with their clubs but the Confederation of African Football has decided to revert to the old calendar. “
The list of devices for next season could be more problematic, which could be a busy schedule as a direct result of the coronavirus crisis.
The current season should already end well behind schedule, leaving little time to rest before the next campaign.
Losing their African trio for about 4 to 6 weeks in the middle of this would put great pressure on the Liverpool team.
Salah is then faced with the prospect of ending the 2020-21 season potentially until June, before running for the Olympics before his July 23 start date.
The Olympic Games then take place over two weeks and culminate on August 8, when the current Premier League season began.
This could put Salah at extreme risk of burnout, as he would likely go straight from the Tokyo Games in Japan to nine months of national action for Liverpool.
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But Salah is the Egyptian poster and talisman, and any chance that he plays no role in any of the international tournaments is questionable.
Mido added: “Salah is very important, of course, for our senior national team and for the Olympic team.
“A player with his experience and leadership… he can make a difference. “