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James Milner & Roberto Firmino diffuse Liverpool’s Sadio Mane vs Mohamed Salah situation

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 22:08, 3 September 2019

Sadio Mane has seen the funny side of his public display of frustration after being substituted in Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Burnley.

The 27-year-old Senegalase forward had registered his second goal of the campaign at Turf Moor before manager Jurgen Klopp took him off with five minutes remaining.

Why was Mane angry? Five key 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 moments after showing frustration towards Mohamed Salah for not playing him in.
  • As he came off Mane expressed anger with the Reds bench looking on bemused.
  • Roberto Firmno displayed a sheepish look as they returned to their dressing room.
  • James Milner joked on social media that Mane was upset because he didn’t come on.

Whilse coming off, Mane – who earlier felt slighted after teammate Mohamed Salah failed to play him in – was seen remonstrating and showing anger with the Reds bench looking on bemused.

Following the match, Klopp admitted Mane was upset and conceded he was an “emotional guy” who is not particularly fond of being taken off, but added he’s since cooled off and that everything is fine.

His fellow attack partner Roberto Firmino, who became the first Brazilian to net 50 goals in Premier League history, gave a sheepish look as Mane and Salah headed back to the dressing room at full-time.

He wasn’t the only Liverpool player to see the funny side with James Milner posting a caption of the incident on social media and writing “Maybe I misread this, but I’m pretty sure Sadio was reacting to me not getting brought on #getmillyon #thanksmate.”

Mane, himself, responded with two laughing emojis followed by: “it’s exactly what I been complaining”.


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Maybe I misread this, but I’m pretty sure Sadio was reacting to me not getting brought on 🤷🏻‍♂️😂 #getmillyon #thanksmate

A post shared by James Milner (@jamesmilnerofficial) on

Liverpool, who set a club record by recording their 13th straight league win, are next in action on September 14 when Newcastle United visit Anfield.


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