Salah will not be released by Liverpool for the world cup qualifiers.

By: Aparajita Patel

Because of coronavirus limitations, Liverpool has refused to release Mohamed Salah for Egypt’s forthcoming World Cup qualifying matches, according to the country’s soccer federation.

Salah would be obliged to quarantine upon his return from Cairo and miss two Premier League games since Egypt is on Britain’s red list.

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

“International players should be spared from travel restrictions placed on them in countries where they play owing to coronavirus,” the association said.

Salah was also asked to play for Egypt at the Tokyo Olympics, but Liverpool refused, according to the Egyptian federation. Players are not required to be released for the men’s Olympic tournament by their clubs.

Salah, who has won the Golden Boot award twice in the Premier League, tested positive for the virus on a visit to Cairo in November to attend his brother’s wedding. He was scheduled to play for the national team against Togo at the moment.

The 29-year-old After joining Liverpool from Roma in 2018, Salah became the first Egyptian player to win the Premier League. Liverpool is attempting to reach an agreement with Salah to keep him at the club. Salah is seen by Egyptians as a symbol of optimism in a country beset by poverty and years of political turmoil.