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Liverpool are bracing themselves for "one last" plea from the Egypt national team to take Mohamed Salah to the Tokyo Olympics.
Salah, 29, was named in his country's preliminary squad for the summer Games as one of the three overage players permitted in the Under-23 squad, with Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny also included.
But the Reds are yet to sanction their player travelling to Japan for the Olympics, which have been postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Salah taking part for Egypt would allow him almost no time to prepare for the start of the Premier League season in August.
Egypt national team chiefs are desparate for Salah to travel to the Olympics
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The prolific winger would also miss a huge chunk of Jurgen Klopp's pre-season preparations.
But that has not put off the head of the Egyptian Football Association, Ahmed Megahed, from preparing a final appeal to let his compatriot take part at Tokyo 2020.
"His position isn't clear yet, we will try one last time with Liverpool to let him participate," Megahed told ONTime Sports on Sunday.
"Mohamed wants to be in the Olympics, and we are working to make it happen."
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The football competition at Tokyo 2020 is due to begin on 22 July – one day before the opening ceremony – and it will culminate with the final on 7 August.
The 2021/22 Premier League season starts just one week later, on Saturday 14 August, meaning Salah could have a matter of days to recover after returning to Merseyside, should he travel to Japan.
Egypt U23 boss Shawky Gharib explained the decision to name Salah in his preliminary squad in April.
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"I need to use the benefit of choosing three players over the age of 23, and we have a player considered to be among the best three in the world, so I have to consider him," said the Egypt U23s head coach.
"Salah is a big star and all the players want him around."
But Klopp was clearly opposed to the idea of losing Salah at a crucial stage of his pre-season plans when speaking last year, before the Tokyo Olympics were postponed.
"The Olympics is a wonderful thing but it would not be too cool," Klopp told reporters of Salah potentially linking up with his countrymen.
"No decision has been made yet. What I have to say I will say it to Mo, so that is all. Neither side has made a decision.
"I wish we could have whole squad together for pre-season but that is not possible for different reasons."
Salah reaffirmed his huge importance to Liverpool this season by scoring 22 goals in the Premier League, which may have further strengthened Klopp's resolve.