Liverpool need more information before deciding whether to allow Mohamed Salah to represent Egypt at this summer’s Olympics, says Jurgen Klopp.
Salah was reportedly named in Egypt’s 50-man preliminary squad for the Olympics but his country’s Olympic coach Shawky Gharib confirmed the final decision remained in the hands of Liverpool and the player himself.
If Salah does agree to be included in the squad, he would miss the start of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign next season.
Despite that possibility, Klopp says he isn’t fazed as his side have played without the Egyptian many times before and he is still expecting contact from the Egyptian FA.
“There has been no decision,” said Klopp ahead of Saturday’s trip to Norwich, live on Sky Sports.
“Do I want to lose the player in pre-season? Of course not. But we have to consider different things. I speak with Salah and we are completely clear about what we want.
“But we need more information. How would it look? When would the preparation start? All of that stuff and no one has really contacted us yet. We’ve had to play without Mo before.
“But it is the Olympics, and I’m still a sportsperson and the Olympics are the Olympics.”
Salah has been in good form for Liverpool this season, scoring 14 league goals and having six assists to his name.