Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has expressed his concern about Mo Salah’s potential absence for Liverpool next season.
Salah is set to play for his country at the Olympics as one of Egypt’s three overage players and that could force him to miss the entirety of Liverpool’s pre-season ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign. The African Cup of Nations is also scheduled to take place at the start of 2022, which means that Salah could be absent for around a month of Liverpool’s season.
Robinson says that it will be a huge blow for Liverpool if Salah plays in both tournaments and ends up not being able to play in a number of important matches for the club, as he is Jurgen Klopp’s main goal threat.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson offered his thoughts on Salah’s situation. “It is a massive blow because he is the only one that is scoring goals this season. You worry where they would be without him.
“There is nothing Liverpool can do because Salah will want to play for Egypt because it is a massive honour to play for your country.
“There is always this situation with the African Cup of Nations. It is difficult when a tournament happens midway through a season because it takes priority.
“But, when you are talking about a player of Salah’s quality, given his importance to Liverpool, his absence would be on a different level.”
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Robinson brings up an interesting point about Salah’s importance to Liverpool and the goals they could miss out on through his absence. It, perhaps, highlights the need for Liverpool to invest in another goalscorer to add to their squad this summer. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been unreliable in front of goal this term and Liverpool may need to bring in another option to compete with the current forwards whilst also plugging a gap whilst Salah is away with his country.
Firmino and Mane have only managed 14 goals between them in the Premier League this season and Salah has scored an impressive 20 on his own. This shows that Salah is Liverpool’s main contributor when it comes to goals and that Liverpool could miss him sorely if his involvement for Egypt results in a long-term absence midway through next season.
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