March 6, 2024

Liverpool and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah row escalates as Pharaohs chief speaks out | Football | Sport

Mohamed Salah is front and centre of a strange new row between and the Egyptian FA, with the latter claiming they’ve been unable to contact the injured Reds star. It comes after Salah was sent home from Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign because of injury, with the 31-year-old having played just once for Liverpool since.

Having entered the tournament on the back of a scintillating first half of the season with the Reds, there was high hope that Salah could end a long wait for continental success in an Egypt shirt. However, it ended in heartbreak for the ex-Chelsea and Roma man, whose AFCON campaign was cut short because of a hamstring injury.

Salah then returned back to Liverpool’s training ground for his rehabilitation, but it has now been suggested by football chiefs in Cairo that the Egyptian star hasn’t been contactable. As per the Daily Mail, Egypt were hoping to do an internal assessment on Salah’s fitness ahead of the March international break, but contact with their talisman has been cut, as their relationship with Salah’s club begins to turn frosty.

Liverpool had previously written to the Egyptian FA to request Salah’s absence from the March internationals, with the Pharaohs scheduled to play a friendly against New Zealand. That plea was laughed off by Egypt, who were keen to have team doctor Mohamed Abu El-Ela evaluate Salah’s fitness level, before deciding if he can play themselves.

Understandably, Liverpool are fretting about Salah’s condition ahead of what promises to be a crucial run-in for the Merseyside outfit. With one trophy already secured, Jurgen Klopp’s side are still fighting on three separate fronts, with the Europa League, the FA Cup and the Premier League still up for grabs this season.

Salah’s involvement in Liverpool matches between now and the end of the season could dictate how many more trophies the Anfield outfit pick up. That starts with this weekend’s clash against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield, in what is being dubbed one of the biggest games of the season.

Manager Klopp has hinted Salah could feature in that fixture, even though the forward has played just 45 minutes of football for Liverpool since New Year’s Day. It is suggested the Egyptian FA are keen to patch up their relationship with the six-time European champions, but it could be too little too late as far as his involvement in the March international break goes, with both Salah and Liverpool now appearing to have put their foot down on this issue.


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