Liverpool star Mohamed Salah could reportedly miss up to four months of next season following the decision to postpone the Olympics.
Salah has played a key role as Liverpool look for their maiden Premier League trophy this year with the Reds 25 points clear at the top.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused the current campaign to be postponed with the Olympics this summer also being delayed.
It has been suggested that the Games could take place in Spring with Egypt bosses wanting Liverpool ace Salah to play.
The forward is already due to feature in the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
That tournament has been switched from a summer slot to next January and February, infuriating Reds boss Jurgen Klopp who is also set to lose the likes of Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Naby Keita.
Should Salah feature in both tournaments, he could be away from Anfield for up to four months.
Klopp had previously said on the decision to put the African Cup of Nations in the winter: ”The African Cup of Nations going back to January is, for us, a catastrophe.
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“We will not sell Sadio, Mo or Naby now because they have a tournament in January and February – of course not.
“But if you have to make a decision about bringing in a player it is a massive one because before the season you know for four weeks you don’t have them.
“That’s a normal process and as a club you have to think about these things. It doesn’t help the players, for sure.”
And on the Egyptian star, the boss has said: “I think Mo is on the way (to being the best in the world).
“I don’t think Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi.
“He is the one who is doing what he’s doing for what feels like 20 years or so.”
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