Mohamed Salah’s not had a great few weeks in the coaching department.
Following a shock early Africa Cup of Nations exit against DR Congo in the last 16, Egypt parted ways with Portuguese manager Rui Vitoria.
Salah expressed his best wishes to the former Benfica manager, writing on social media: “Thanks for everything, coach. I wish you the best in the future.”
There’s every chance he won’t get on as well with the new Egypt manager, who only recently slated Salah in the media.
Hossam Hassan, the Pharaohs’ all-time top scorer with 69 goals, which is 15 ahead of Salah, was working as a pundit when the 31-year-old left AFCON to head back to Merseyside due to an injury.
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The decision caused a media storm, with Klopp explaining that Salah, Liverpool, and the Egyptian FA strongly agreed it was the best thing for his rehabilitation.
Salah was planning to return had his injury healed and his side gone deep in the competition, but Hassan was one who wasn’t happy with the plan.
The outspoken former striker said: “If Salah feels he wants to travel, he should travel and not return to the national team again because the injury is not severe; he needs physiotherapy which is available with the national team.
“A hamstring injury does not require extensive facilities in Liverpool. Big clubs always send doctors and physical therapists with top players to these tournaments, and in Liverpool, they know if Salah needs something, they will send doctors to him.
“Salah, with his great value, should continue with the national team both morally and psychologically. It affects other teams that he can participate at any time, but his departure will affect Egypt negatively and the opponents positively.”
Perhaps predicting the future, Hassan even said how he would deal with the situation.
“If I was the Egypt manager and he told me his desire to travel to Liverpool, I would tell him to continue there, and we have capable men in the national team,” he added.
“Salah is one of the best individuals who have achieved accomplishments for Egypt globally, but the national team is a red line for anyone. Even if you are injured and cannot play, you have a significant role from both a technical and moral perspective.”
Hassan will be managing Egypt having been an three-time AFCON winner as a player, and he’s been involved in coaching since his retirement as a footballer in 2008.