Speaking to reporters after the game, as reported by The Independent, Jurgen Klopp discussed Sadio Mane’s apparent outburst after he was substituted in the 3-0 win over Burnley.
Firmino’s face while being in the middle of Mane and Salah. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/TVS7Idm8gm
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Klopp said: “Sadio Mané is an emotional guy. We are all individuals. Something went not like he wanted, it is not the substitution. He was upset but that’s all. That was obvious. You cannot hide his emotions, I like that, but all sorted. We spoke about it, everything is fine. We are individuals, we are emotional. It was a situation in a game, what else could happen? It was not a phone call. It was a situation in the game he was not happy about but that’s completely fine. Would he do it exactly the same manner again? Probably not, but it happened. He didn’t say any wrong words, it just looked a little bit different to how he looks usually. For me, of course I can understand that’s a little story. Thank God we are now away for a week so if you write something about it we will not read it anyway, and after a week nobody can remember it anymore. It’s cool. A good moment to do it. It’s all good really, all fine.”
We don’t think it’s anything to worry about. Sadio and Mo Salah are two of the world’s best forwards, competing against each other to score as many goals as possible, but they also drive each other on every day in training and every minute that they play together in a Liverpool shirt. Friendly rivalry is always good, and as long as they both keep scoring, does it really matter?