Being the poster boy of Egyptian football, Mohamed Salah is set to take part at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, but that could cause some issues for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
The 28-year-old has once again finished a campaign as the Reds' top contributor to goals, proving he is among the key players in Klopp's set-up.
While Salah is a superstar on Merseyside, he is even more so in his country of birth too, where he is seen as the face of football in Egypt.
Considering his importance to his nation, the forward has been identified as a senior player who will be selected for the Pharaohs' Olympics team in 2021, which could see him miss a few matches at the start of Liverpool's 2021/22 campaign.
"The only and first name I put in the squad is Mohamed Salah," Shawky Gharib, the coach of the Egyptian Olympic national team, said, according to the Daily Star.
"All Egyptian players would like to have the honour to play in the Olympics, but all of us wanted Salah so he will be with us.
"I'm ready to put all the pressure on Liverpool to accept his participation, and I could travel to England for that. I remember when I was the assistant coach of the Egyptian national team.
"I travelled to Germany to meet Jurgen Klopp and convince him to let Mohamed Zidan join the team and he accepted.
"We will use Salah, of course, and the Egyptian Football Federation will play a role."
Things could become more complicated for Liverpool when Salah is inevitably called up to Egypt's squad for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, which is set to take place in January that year, should they qualify.
Click through the gallery below to see where Salah finished in the Premier League's scoring chart this season!
This could lead to the former Roma player missing a large chunk of the Reds' 2021/22 campaign, although how much he misses might ultimately come down to the Anfield-based club's willingness to allow him to go the Olympics.
Salah represented his country's Olympic side in 2012, scoring three goals in four games as they reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.
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