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When Olympic football matches will take place as Liverpool could face Mohamed Salah problem

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah with some of his Egyptian teammates.
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah could be called up to play for his national team as one of the overage players at the summer's Olympic Games in Paris. While the Reds do not have to allow him to go, the timings could prove detrimental if he does.

Egypt boss Ruggero Micali confirmed last week that he wants to call up the 31-year-old, telling winwin.com: "We definitely want him with us. We are still awaiting the outcome of communication with Salah and Liverpool through the Egyptian FA."

But the schedule would overlap entirely with Liverpool's pre-season plans and Salah would only return to Merseyside within a week or so of the new Premier League season kicking off if Egypt progresses to the final.

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The gold medal match will take place on August 9 in Paris, while the bronze game will be the day before in Nantes. But even if Egypt was to be knocked out in the group phase, that still involved three matches that begin on Wednesday, July 24.

Egypt is in Group C alongside Spain, Uzbekistan, and the Dominican Republic. The two top international sides in each group progress to the quarter-finals so it is pretty safe to assume that Egypt would be able to get through.

But the opening fixture comes just three days before Liverpool's first scheduled pre-season game against Real Betis in the US. The Reds will also take on both Arsenal and Manchester United that week while on American soil.

And the period will be particularly significant for new Liverpool head coach Arne Slot, who will want as much time as possible to implement his new ideas. The Reds are already going to have to contend with players being at the European Championship in Germany and the Copa América in the US.

The European Championship runs for exactly a month from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, July 14 and will involve players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk. The Copa América, where Alexis Mac Allister and Darwin Núñez are among those set to feature, will take place from Thursday, June 20. It will end on the same day as the European Championship.

Liverpool.com says: It would be far from ideal if Salah didn't get a full pre-season. He looked like he was lacking sharpness when he came back from injury last season and a full summer off with a slow build-up to the Premier League kicking off again would be ideal for Liverpool. The chance to play at the Olympic Games, though, could be tempting.