Mohamed Salah has commented on Liverpool’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
The Reds’ hopes of making the top four were ended on Thursday night after Manchester United won.
A convincing 4-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday night for United ensured that there was no chance of Liverpool securing a seventh successive season in the Champions League.
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The Red Devils’ points tally of 72 cannot be bettered by Jurgen Klopp’s men (66), whatever the outcome of their visit to relegated Southampton on Sunday. Newcastle United (70) qualified for the Champions League earlier this week.
For Salah, it is the first time since his transfer to Anfield in 2017 that he has been forced to compete in UEFA’s second-tier league.
In that time, the Egyptian has reached three Champions League finals with the Reds – one of which he won in 2019 as the club added a sixth European Cup to its collection following a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.
And on social media after Liverpool’s fate was confirmed, Salah admitted there was no excuse for not finishing outside the Premier League’s top four places less than 12 months after they were on the verge of completing an unprecedented four-way .
“I’m devastated,” the 30-year-old wrote. “There is absolutely no excuse for this. We had everything we needed to make it to the Champions League next year and we failed. We are Liverpool and qualifying for the league is the bare minimum.”
“I’m sorry, but it’s too early for an uplifting or optimistic post. We’ve let you and ourselves down.”
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