Liverpool are set for talks with Mo Salah after receiving a written request from his country.
The Reds are facing the prospect of starting next season without the Premier League’s top scorer.
Egypt want the 28-year-old to line out for them in the Olympics, which would see Salah away from Anfield until a week before the 2021/22 season kicks off.
Egyptian FA boss Ahmed Megahed has called on Salah to represent his nation at the Tokyo games, and it is understood the Liverpool star wants to play.
Speaking to Egyptian television, Megahed said that the Egyptian FA has been in contact with Liverpool over Salah’s availability.
‘Liverpool management replied to our message saying that they [will] discuss the situation with the player,’ he said.
‘I am sure that Salah is eager to wear the pharaohs’ jersey while participating in the Olympics if he could but it’s not his own decision to make as he needs to discuss it with the club’s management.
‘I hope Liverpool accept our request.’
The Olympic tournament is for players aged 23 or under, but each country is allowed to select three older players within their squad.
Salah would miss up to up to six weeks of pre-season with the reds if he travels to the tournament, which begins on July 22 and ends on August 7.
The 2021/22 Premier League season begins just a week later on August 14.