Jurgen Klopp Breaks Silence on Mo Salah After Liverpool Forward’s Rant on Missing Out on UCL

Jurgen Klopp Breaks Silence on Mo Salah After Liverpool Forward’s Rant on Missing Out on UCL

Elijah Odetokun
May 27, 2023 at 8:28 AM
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  • Liverpool missed out on Champions League football next season after Manchester United beat Chelsea
  • The Red Devils needed a point from two games to end their rivals’ hopes and picked three against Chelsea
  • Mohamed Salah issued an apologetic speech to the fans after the game ended on Thursday

Jurgen Klopp is not worried about Mohamed Salah’s future at Liverpool despite no Champions League football at Anfield next season.

A late surge in the season's final two months gave the Reds hope of Champions League football despite an inconsistent and overwhelming season.

The 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Anfield put their destiny out of their hands, with Manchester United needing just a point in their games against Chelsea and Fulham to secure their top-four spot.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool, AXA training ground, Merseyside.
Jurgen Klopp overseeing Liverpool's training ahead of their season's final game against Southampton. Photo by Andrew Powell.
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Erik Ten Hag’s men did it in style, beating lacklustre Chelsea 4-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday night, ending Liverpool’s hopes going into their final game of the season against relegated Southampton.

Klopp unbothered over Salah’s future

According to Liverpool Echo, Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah issued an emotional statement to the fans on Thursday night after the United-Chelsea game.

It left fans concerned the forward could be set for an exit in search of Champions League football, but Jurgen Klopp explained it was only an apology.

“Mo loves being here, and Mo was part of it. He said apologies for what ‘we’ did - not apologies for ‘what the other guys did, but I had to go with them’. It is all fine,” Klopp told a press conference via BBC Sports.

He failed to read any meaning to it but has a message for whoever wants to leave because of no UCL football next season.

“No worries, no. I only heard what he said, but I couldn't read anything that could lead in that direction,” he said.
“If ever a player would come to me and said, ‘oh, we didn't qualify for the Champions League, I have to leave’, I would drive him to the other club myself. I would take the key, [and say]: ‘come in the car, where do you want to go, I drive you’,” he added.

Mane predicted Liverpool’s turnaround

Earlier in the season, when Liverpool were struggling, former star Sadio Mane expressed confidence in Klopp to turn the season around, as reported by Sports Brief.

His comments were not far from the truth as they narrowly missed Champions League qualification

next season. Mane left England to join Bayern Munich at the start of the season, but an exit is already on the cards.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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