Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were “both right” in their recent on-field row.
The pair were at odds during Liverpool’s 3-0 win away at Burnley before the international break after Salah didn’t pass to Mane during a second-half counter-attack, with the Egyptian missing the chance to score.
What happened between Mane and Salah: Five things to know…
- Liverpool beat Burnley 3-0 before the recent international break.
- Mane was substituted moments after showing frustration towards Salah for not passing to him.
- Salah attempted to finish the counter-attack himself but missed the chance.
- As he exited the pitch, Mane expressed anger at the Reds bench.
- But Lampard believes this sort of intensity is healthy in a squad environment.
Mane was furious at his strike partner but Lampard has played down the episode, insisting he had similar, healthy confrontations at Chelsea during his playing days.
“They were both in the right. They are competitive lads. I played with players that demanded balls to their feet and I shot and visa versa, I demanded a pass and they shot,” Lampard said.
“I think that edginess about football and that professional competition, as long as it doesn’t overstep the mark which is the job of the manager and that only happens behind the scenes, but I like it. They both want to score goals. They are hungry. They are competitive. They want to be winners.
“When they play like that, that’s the answer. If they are not playing well enough or not performing and you see that going on then as a manager, you ask more questions but these boys are really driven. I like it.
“I remember being in the dressing room with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. After I scored at Southampton, he complained that I hadn’t passed to him in the game and he said I should have passed to him in the game and in a different moment from my goal.
“He said, ‘You scored one. There you go you just want to score again and not pass to me.’ This is from a man who shot 20 times a game. That’s it! That was Jimmy, that’s what football is about, it is different personalities.
“That’s what strikers should be and have to have an element of selfishness about them. I had it as a midfield player. I wanted to be good individually and to be part of a winning team. You can’t have the perfect ambience around at all times around the squad.
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“It is good for players to test each other – if you didn’t, it would be a relaxed nature in the group. I don’t know Mane but I know Salah. He is a really good lad. He is just hungry and I think that’s one of the reasons because of his elevation we spoke about as a player.”
Lampard’s Chelsea take on Jurgen Klopp’s side for the second time this season on Sunday after losing the Uefa Super Cup to the Reds on penalties in August.