Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 24 November 2020

In pictures: Mohamed Salah training with Liverpool as manager Jurgen Klopp insists no decision has been made about Olympics

Ahead of their game at Norwich on Saturday, German says the club need more information on what it will involve for the striker to play for Egypt this summer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said no final decision has been made on whether Mohamed Salah will feature as one of Egypt's overage players in this summer's Olympics.

The competition takes place at the end of July-start of August and would mean the forward would miss a key part of pre-season training.

"Do I want to lose a player in pre-season? Of course not. That's clear. But we have to consider different things. I will speak with Mo and all that stuff," he added.

"We are completely clear about what we want, but we need more information: how will it look, when will the preparation start, all that stuff, and nobody has really contacted us so far, it's just in the media.

"It's difficult to get in contact with me using the newspapers over there because most of the things I don't read but Matt [McCann, head of press] informs me. No decision yet, but we will see."

Klopp, meanwhile, said his player have just enjoyed a "dream" week of training after their time off and is confident they will hit the ground running against bottom side Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.

"It's a pity we had to explain the necessity and how useful a week's break is," he said. "It's about using this time. Rest is only one word, it's recovery, recharging, there a lot of things starting with 're' that happened in that week.

"That's why we wanted it, that's why we fought for it, that's why we made some decisions around it. The dream of a manager is to have a full week to prepare a game, then you have an intense training session which you usually can't have.

"It's not that we don't enjoy playing, playing, playing but doing something else for one week in the middle of a season is just nice."

The break has allowed forward Sadio Mane and midfielder James Milner to fully recover from hamstring injuries, which leaves only Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) as the only absent member of the first-team squad.

Updated: February 15, 2020 12:31 PM

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