Mohamed Salah insists ‘no excuse’ for Liverpool missing out on UEFA Champions League


The 30-year-old admits the team has failed and let fans down this season.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah insists there is no excuse for missing  UEFA Champions League football.

The 30-year-old admits the team failed and disappointed fans this season, finishing in fifth place.

Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Chelsea means fourth place is now out of reach for last season’s beaten finalists.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have underperformed all season and it was only their current 10-match unbeaten run – which included a seven-game winning streak – that gave them a remote chance of qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition.

But their run in the Europa League, which saw Klopp fail to finish in the top four for the first time all season at the club, left Salah frustrated.

“I am completely devastated. There is absolutely no excuse for this,” the Egypt international, who rarely makes public statements, wrote in a strongly worded post on Twitter.

“We had everything we needed to get to next year’s Champions League and we failed.

“We are Liverpool and qualifying for the competition is the absolute minimum.

“I’m sorry, but it’s too early for an uplifting or optimistic post.

“We’ve let you down and let us down.

In a disappointing season, Salah has still scored 30 goals and is one away from becoming the first player in Premier League history to score 20 goals and 10 assists over three seasons, which would surpass the record he shares with Thierry Henry.

He is just short of reaching 20 league goals in a season for the fifth time in six years at Liverpool (he had 19 in his second) and if he scores at Southampton on Sunday he will become the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt in 1965-66 to score 20 league goals goals for the third season in a row.

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