Sadio Mane has played down the severity of his on-field altercation with Mohamed Salah and says his Liverpool teammates found the funny side.
The Senegalese forward became embroiled in a squabble with Salah during a 3-0 win over Burnley earlier this season after the Egyptian failed to pass to him.
Why did Mane argue with Salah? Five things to know…
- Sadio Mane scored his second Premier League goal of the season in Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Burnley.
- He was substituted off in the 85th minute after appearing frustrated at Salah.
- The Egyptian failed to play Mane through for a clear goalscoring opportunity and instead squandered the chance himself.
- As he came off Mane was visibly upset and remonstrated with his teammates.
- He has now revealed his Liverpool colleagues found the whole situation amusing rather than concerning.
Liverpool’s trouncing of Burnley became old news very quickly as Mane’s reaction to Salah’s selfish act dominating the post-match headlines.
However, the 27-year-old has now addressed the issue, which those of a Liverpool persuasion were quick to downplay in the immediate afterglow, revealing how his disagreement with Salah was quashed almost straight away.
He told Canal+Sport: “Everyone was taking the p*ss out of us.
“[Georginio] Wijnaldum, who likes to tease people, waited until everyone was there, came up to me and asked out loud, ‘Mo Salah, why did Mane want to hit you?’ and the whole team started laughing.”
Sadio Mane has been directly involved in 66 goals in 100 Premier League games for Liverpool:
👕 100 games
⚽️ 50 goals
🅰️ 16 assists
Played a key role in both goals today. pic.twitter.com/LmBioK6ieQ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 5, 2019
Mane went on to add that what seemed like a break down in relations with Salah is nothing more than a “misunderstanding” and there is no friction in the Liverpool squad.
He added: “It was a misunderstanding. I just wanted to help the team. You look at teams like [Manchester] City, they sometimes score five or six.
“If there’s a possibility to kill off the game as quickly as possible all the while trying to score many goals, I think that’s important, and so I was a bit frustrated.
“We just talked, and everything was like before. We talked between ourselves, and then the manager called me into his office and we spoke.
“I told him it was already sorted and he was pleasantly surprised.”
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How Liverpool players reacted at the time
Following the match at Turf Moor, Klopp went on record to state that Mane was indeed upset but that he is just an “emotional guy” who is not particularly fond of being taken off.
Elsewhere James Milner took to social media to make light of the situation and diffused any tension by posting on his Instagram account: “Maybe I misread this, but I’m pretty sure Sadio was reacting to me not getting brought on #getmillyon #thanksmate.”
To which Mane responded: “it’s exactly what I been complaining”.
Roberto Firmino, who became the first Brazilian to net 50 Premier League goals during the match, also turned into something of an online meme in the aftermath after he was filmed standing between Mane and Salah in the tunnel with an uncomfortable expression on his face.
— Tebogo Ziwa Magano (@tlmagano) August 31, 2019