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Jurgen Klopp responds to’devastated’statement and apology from Mohamed Salah



Jurgen Klopp responds to’devastated’statement and apology from Mohamed Salah

Jurgen Klopp understands Mohamed Salah’s emotional response to Liverpool failing to qualify for the Champions League – and has dismissed fears over the Egyptian’s mindset.

Salah posted a message on social media moments after Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Chelsea on Thursday night consigned the Reds to a fifth-place finish, saying he was “totally devastated” and there was “no excuse” for failing to qualify for Europe’s elite competition.

Next season will be the first since 2016/17 – the campaign before Salah arrived – that Klopp’s side are not in the Champions League.

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But Klopp has no qualms with reaction of the forward to Liverpool’s shortcoming.

“I’ve heard it,” said the Reds boss. “Of course the moment when it is a fact you cannot qualify for the Champions League anymore, there is a moment when even I knew about after the last game they (Newcastle and United) need only one point, for me it was clear they would get that point. I drew kind of a line underneath that. I’m a very optimistic person but in this moment I couldn’t see it.

“It is completely normal (about Salah comment). In the world of social media so many bad things happen constantly and I don’t think that was one of them. It was a just a normal description of his feeling, and he’s right.

“But I saw him in the canteen an hour ago and he was smiling. He is not in a bad mood. That’s it.”

Klopp added: “We are in a season not since this week but for a long time and it was clear from a specific point on it would not be a historically good season. I think we said everything about it, we are absolutely not happy with it. We made mistakes, we couldn’t deliver often enough and consistent enough.”


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Next Swansea City manager: Ex-Liverpool, Celtic and Leicester City coach favourite for EFL position

Swansea City are set to lose manager Russell Martin to relegated Premier League side Southampton

Former Liverpool assistant coach Chris Davies is the odds-on favourite to become the next manager of Swansea City with Russell Martin set to be appointed at Southampton.

It was confirmed earlier this week Rubén Sellés would take charge of his final Southampton game against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Selles was the third manager in a turbulent season for the Saints, who sit on 24 points after 37 games with their relegation to the Championship confirmed ahead of the final day.

With Martin’s move to Southampton just waiting a formal announcement, the bookmakers have made Davies the favourite to take over at Swansea.

It would be his second role as head coach, having taken charge of Reading for the second half of the 2015-16 season. He was an assistant coach under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool between 2012 and 2015 before moving to Reading.

Davies moved to Celtic as an assistant coach to Rodgers in the summer of 2016 having worked with the Northern Irishman at Swansea City, as well as Liverpool.

When he left Liverpool to take his first head coach role with Reading, he became the youngest manager in the club’s history at 30-years-old.

Davies moved to Leicester City with Rodgers in 2019 but left the club earlier this season after the ex-Liverpool manager was sacked with the club facing the prospect of relegation. In his early coaching career, he was an academy coach at Reading and Leicester as well as Hawke’s Bay United.

Next Swansea City manager odds

Chris Davies – 2/5

Steven Schumacher – 6/1

Steve Cotterill – 8/1

Oscar Garcia – 12/1

Ian Evatt – 16/1

Ryan Mason – 16/1

Luke Williams – 20/1

Nathan Jones – 20/1

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