...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah, has expressed his devastation over his team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for the upcoming season.
Taking to his Instagram page, Salah shared his sadness after Manchester United’s victory over Chelsea confirmed Liverpool’s fifth-place finish, dashing their hopes of securing a top-four spot.
Europa League Fate
As a consequence of finishing in fifth place, Liverpool will have to settle for Europa League football in the upcoming season.
This setback disappointed Salah, who conveyed his disappointment and apologized to the fans and his teammates for not being able to secure qualification for the prestigious European club competition.
Falling Short of Expectations
In his Instagram post on Thursday, the 30-year-old Egyptian footballer expressed his frustration at the team’s failure to achieve their minimum target of qualifying for the Champions League.
Salah emphasized that Liverpool, being a renowned club, had all the necessary resources to secure a spot in the competition but ultimately fell short of expectations.
Early Postponement of Uplifting Messages
Salah acknowledged the fans’ desire for uplifting and optimistic posts but stated that it was too soon for such sentiments.
The disappointment of failing to qualify for the Champions League still lingered, and Salah felt it was inappropriate to deliver a positive message at that moment.
Season Highlights and Struggles
Liverpool started the season promisingly with a victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield.
However, their Premier League campaign stumbled, winning only two of their first eight games.
Notably, Liverpool encountered difficulties away from home, losing three out of eight matches against teams fighting relegation, namely Nottingham Forest, Wolves, and Bournemouth.
They managed to secure only one win at home against struggling Leeds United.
Cup Exits and Champions League Defeat
Liverpool faced early exits in both the FA Cup and League Cup, being eliminated by Brighton and Manchester City in the fourth round of each competition, respectively.
In the Champions League, Real Madrid easily defeated Liverpool in the round of 16, further adding to their disappointment.
Salah’s Performance and Goal Tally
Despite signing a three-year contract last year, Salah performed below his usual standards this season.
The Egypt international managed to score only 19 league goals in 37 league games, which fell short of his previous prolific performances.