Liverpool warned Mohamed Salah as coronavirus disrupts plans

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Liverpool have been warned that they cannot prevent Mohamed Salah from missing crucial Premier League games to represent their county.

The Reds are faced with the prospect of having the Egyptian striker unavailable for several months in 2021 amid a flood of international competition, due to the postponement of several tournaments this year due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The African Cup of Nations will take place in Cameroon in January and February, while the Tokyo Olympics will be held in July and August.

Former Tottenham striker Mido said Salah’s homework could put him out of action for the Merseyside club in those months.



Mohamed Salah was an integral part of Liverpool’s success

Speaking to the Sun, the former Egyptian international said, “Salah must go with Egypt to the CAN – and Liverpool have no right to say no.

“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.

“All the African players had this problem when we were in England, so I was happy when the CAN 2019 was played in the summer.

The 37-year-old continued, “It has taken African stars away from any problems with their clubs but the Confederation of African Football has decided to revert to the old schedule. “



Salah in action for Egypt in 2012

And Mido – whose career has seen him play for 13 different clubs, including Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and West Ham – also pointed out that the Olympics could see the goal scorer miss the start of the 2021/22 season.

He said: “Salah is very important, of course, for our senior national team and for the Olympic team.

“A player with his experience and his leadership, he can make a difference.

“He will be one of the most important players in the tournament, not just for Egypt. We now know that the Olympic Games will take place in the summer of 2021.

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Mido also discussed the coronavirus epidemic, saying that Salah would be unhappy to see the season end.

He added: “Of course, Salah would be disappointed, like everyone at Liverpool, if the season was canceled.

“But they will recover. Even if the season is said to be null and void, they will again be the favorites next season. Life doesn’t stop.

“We all hope that things will improve in England and that the Premier League and the FA can continue the season – even in summer.

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