"I haven't talked to Salah at all about him joining the U23 squad for the Olympics, but in all honesty, his participation will need a little effort from him as well".
Liverpool could also be without the likes of Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, so the likelihood is the club will be unwilling to release Salah for the Olympics as well.
"No decision", Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
Egypt's Under-23 team coach Shawky Gharib intends to include Salah as one of the three major players on the team, but admits he can not force him to accept a call to the national team.
"Salah is one of the three best players in the world and any team hopes to have a player with their abilities and skills on the team ..."
"We can not force Salah to participate with us", the gaffer told Reuters (via BBC).
It now seems as if he could be without Salah for pre-season and the start of the campaign.
Liverpool could lose Mo Salah to the Olympics at the start of next season but it's no disaster.
Of course if he is successful at the Olympics, he could return with a spring in his step but Klopp is unlikely to want to lose one of his top players for two worldwide tournaments within the same season. I will speak with Salah and we will say what we want to happen.