Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah voiced his disappointment and declared that there was "no excuse" for the team's failure to secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League.
This setback marks the first time in seven seasons that Liverpool will not be competing in Europe's elite club competition, as Manchester United clinched the final spot in the Premier League's top four on Thursday.
Manchester United's convincing 4-1 victory over Chelsea sealed their place alongside Manchester City, Arsenal, and Newcastle as England's representatives in the upcoming Champions League season. Meanwhile, Liverpool's season took a drastic downturn after coming tantalizingly close to achieving an unprecedented quadruple last year.
Despite a late-season resurgence with an unbeaten run spanning ten matches, Liverpool's efforts proved to be insufficient as they secured only fifth place, guaranteeing Europa League football for the next season.
Expressing his devastation, Salah, who has netted an impressive 30 goals in all competitions this season, took to his social media channels to address the team's failure. He emphasized that there were no justifications for their inability to secure Champions League qualification, given the resources and capabilities at their disposal. Salah regarded qualifying for the prestigious tournament as the bare minimum expectation for Liverpool, and he apologized to both the fans and his teammates for letting them down.
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… pic.twitter.com/qZmA9WsueM— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 25, 2023
The upcoming season will mark the first time since Salah's arrival at Liverpool in 2017 that the club will not be participating in the Champions League. However, any speculation regarding Salah's future at the club was seemingly put to rest when he signed a new three-year contract at Anfield last year, reaffirming his commitment to Liverpool.