Paul Robinson has claimed Mo Salah’s prospective absence next season is a “massive blow” to Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the 28-year-old’s involvement in international tournaments is a “worry” given that he is the “only one scoring goals this season”.
According to The Athletic‘s James Pearce, Egypt want Salah to be one of their three overage players at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and his involvement would see him miss almost the entirety of Liverpool’s pre-season.
The African Cup of Nations is also set to take place next season and the winger will miss roughly a month of action early in 2022 as a result.
Robinson claimed Salah’s absence will be “on a different level” to other African players given his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“It is a massive blow because he is the only one that is scoring goals this season,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “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.”