Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has expressed his deep disappointment and devastation at the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Reds finished the Premier League season in sixth place, three points behind Chelsea in fourth, which means they will play in the Europa League for the first time since 2016.
In a tweet, Salah said, “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.”
Liverpool had a difficult season, with a series of injuries to key players and a run of poor form that saw them drop out of contention for a top-four finish. Despite a late surge in form towards the end of the season, it was not enough to secure a place in the Champions League.
Salah’s comments reflect the disappointment felt by many Liverpool fans, who have grown accustomed to their team’s success in recent years. The club won the Champions League in 2019 and reached the final in 2018, as well as winning the Premier League in 2020.
Liverpool will now have to regroup and focus their attention on the Europa League, where they will be looking to go one step further than their defeat in the final five yearsago. The competition will provide an opportunity for the club to salvage their season and secure a place in next year’s Champions League.
While Liverpool’s Champions League hopes were dashed, Manchester United secured their place in the top four with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Chelsea on the final day of the season. The result saw United finish in third place, just ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.
The victory was a fitting end to a successful season for United, who have made significant progress under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The team will now be looking to build on their achievements and challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Meanwhile, Newcastle secured their own return to European football after a gap of over 20 years, with a goalless draw against Leicester City. The Magpies finished the season in seventh place, securing a spot in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Overall, the 2020-21 Premier League season was a rollercoaster ride, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. While Liverpool will be disappointed with their failure to qualify for the Champions League, they will take heart from their strong finish to the season and will be looking to bounce back next year. As for Manchester United and Newcastle, they will be relishing the opportunity to test themselves against the best teams in Europe, and will be looking to make an impact in the Champions League and Europa League respectively.