Liverpool won't release Mo Salah for Egypt WCQ due to COVID-19 restrictions

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Liverpool refused to release Mohamed Salah from Liverpool for Egypt's forthcoming World Cup qualifying matches, according to the country's football association.

Egypt is on Great Britain's Red List, so Salah would have to quarantine after his return from Cairo and miss two Premier League matches.

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Egypt will play Angola in Cairo, on September 2, before travelling to Gabon three days later in Franceville.

According to the association, they will continue to communicate with FIFA in order to exempt international players from travel restrictions in countries where they are playing due to coronavirus.

Salah was also requested by the Egyptian Federation to be part of the national team at Tokyo Olympics. However, Liverpool refused the request.

Clubs do not have to release players for the Olympic men's tournament.

Salah, twice a winner of the Premier League's Golden Boot award for best player, was tested positive for the virus in Cairo, where he attended the brother's wedding.

He was then to be a part of the national team's game against Togo.

After joining Liverpool in 2018, Salah, now 29, was the first Egyptian player to win the Premier League.

Liverpool want to sign a new contract to keep Salah at the club.