- Mohamed Salah could be absent for Liverpool at the start of the season if he plays for Egypt in AFCON and Tokyo Olympics
- Both tournaments have been moved to the start and middle of 2021 due to the global pandemic
- Egypt legend Mido has warned the Merseyside club that they cannot stop Salah from attending the tournaments
Mohamed Salah could miss three months for Liverpool if he chooses to play at AFCON 2021 and the Tokyo Olympic games, according to Egyptian legend Mido.
The likely change of the Premier League calendar will clash with competitions that have African players involved in them because of the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Cup of Nations will be staged in Cameroon next year between January and February while the Olympic games have been shifted to July and Agust of 2021.
And Mido has stated that Liverpool will can not stop his compatriot from representing his homeland.
Speaking to The Sun, the former Egypt international said: “Salah must go with Egypt to AFCON — and Liverpool don’t have the right to say no.
"These are FIFA rules and they can’t prevent Salah from joining the national team for any reason.
“If Salah doesn’t want to go, then this is the only reason for not seeing him.
“All African players had this problem when we were in England, so I was happy when the 2019 AFCON was played in the summer.
The 37-year-old continued: "This kept the African stars away from any problem with their clubs but the Confederation of African Football decided to go back to the old schedule."
The former Tottenham striker also stressed that the Olympics may see Salah miss the start of the 2021/22 season.
He said: “Salah is very important, of course, to our senior national team and to the Olympic team.
“A player with his experience and leadership, he can make the difference.
“He will be one of the most important players in the tournament, not only for Egypt. We now know the Olympics will be held in the summer of 2021.
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