After Manchester United booked their place in next year’s UEFA Champions League by defeating Chelsea 4-1 in the Premier League on Thursday, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah took to Twitter to apologise to fans and share that he was “devastated” that his team had missed out on the opportunity to play in Europe’s top club competition. With United’s victory, Liverpool will finish fifth in the Premier League and qualify for the UEFA Europa League. Some admirers were offended by the message’s negative tone. However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended the 30-year-old.
Mohamed Salah “devastated” after Liverpool miss Champions League place
Klopp told reporters during a press conference today that Salah’s reaction was “completely normal.” “In the world of social media, so many bad things happen, and I don’t think that’s one of them.” “It’s a normal description of the situation, and he’s right,” he added. But I saw him in the canteen an hour ago, and he was smiling; he wasn’t in a foul mood!” Klopp’s side will be out of the Champions League for the first time since 2016/17, the season before Salah came. Manchester United returned victorious to the Champions League on Thursday, defeating Chelsea 4-1.
The stunning victory confirmed their place in Europe’s elite tournament for the following season, capping off a tremendous first season for manager Erik ten Hag. Casemiro’s arrival from Real Madrid was crucial to United’s comeback, as the seasoned midfielder displayed his class throughout the game.
On the other hand, Chelsea had another poor performance after spending over £500 million ($620 million) on transfers. The defeat was their eighth in the last ten games since interim manager Frank Lampard returned. The season for the team has been hampered by inefficiency in both boxes and a lack of results, leaving them with little to play for.
“I’m totally devastated. There’s absolutely no excuse for this. We had everything we needed to make it to next year’s Champions League and we failed. We are Liverpool and qualifying to the competition is the bare minimum. I am sorry but it’s too soon for an uplifting or optimistic post. We let you and ourselves down,” Salah tweeted.