Liverpool will not allow Mohamed Salah to play for the Egyptian National Team in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Qatar. On Monday (23 August) The Egyptian Football Association said in a statement that “Salah has agreed to play in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers but Liverpool have not agreed to let him go.”
Egypt will play Angola in the World Cup qualifier on September 2. Then they play another match against Gabon on September 6.
“We are in constant contact with FIFA,” said the Egyptian Football Association. So that footballers can take part in World Cup qualifiers despite travel restrictions.
However, Liverpool has a strong argument behind not allowing Salah to play in Egypt. Egypt is in the red zone of England in terms of Covid-19 infection. Salah have to observe quarantine after returning to Anfield after playing for Egypt says Liverpool Board. During the quarantine, All Reds Hero M.Salah will not be able to play 2 matches in the English Premier League.
A few days ago, the Egyptian Football Association wanted Salah to play in the Tokyo Olympics. However, clubs are not obliged to release players for Cain tournaments other than FIFA-affiliated tournaments.
Salah was tested coronavirus positive after returning from attending his brother’s wedding in Egypt in November last year. He was supposed to play for the national team at that time. That’s why the Liverpool board is worried about M. Salah.
The Egypt FA said: “The Egyptian Football Association has received a letter from Liverpool FC apologizing for the inability of its player, Mohamed Salah, to join the national team in its next camp, which includes facing Angola in Cairo and Gabon in Franceville during the first and second rounds of the African continent’s qualifiers for the World Cup.
“The English club’s letter referred to the precautionary measures applied in England to confront the outbreak of the coronavirus in the world, which puts returnees from some countries in compulsory health isolation for a period of 10 days upon their return to England. In this letter, the English club also expressed its hope that the Egyptian Federation would understand that it was forced to do so, in the face of the player being subjected to quarantine for this period and being affected by this physically, as well as the uncertainty of the conditions determined by the English authorities. It is reported that Liverpool FC took the same position with a number of its foreign players.”
Why does Liverpool care so much about Mohamed Salah?
Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and captains Egypt. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed. He has 96 goals and 36 assists for Liverpool. Major achievements in the English Premier League such as 2 times Golden Boot, 1 time Player of the Season, and the English Premier League Champions. In his 29 year career, M. Salah played with Egypt, Chelsea, El Mokawloon, Swiss, Liverpool.
He, 29-year-old Salah was the first Egyptian player to become a Premier League champion after joining Liverpool in 2018 from Roma. Liverpool is seeking to strike a new deal to keep Salah with the club. Egypt is seen Salah as a sign of hope for a country battered by poverty and years of political turmoil.
The Egyptian federation also wanted Salah to play for the national team at the Tokyo Olympics, but it said Liverpool denied the request. Clubs are not obligated to release players for the men’s Olympic tournament.