Jurgen Klopp insists that all remains completely well at Liverpool, even after the Reds boss was seen participating in a heated discussion with Sadio Mane following the side’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.
Mane, who played all 90 minutes and scored a goal during Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, was unhappy after being left out of the starting lineup ahead of such a critical top-four battle in the Premier League. Mane was then scantily used against the Blues, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute with the two sides deadlocked at 1-1.
After the game, rather than the customary handshake and hug, Mane appeared to confront his manager who was more than happy to explain the decision to his star winger right then and there, rather than let the Senegalese dynamo sulk and stew on it another five minutes — quotes from Liverpool Echo:
“I was shouting at him because he was in the centre. But no player’s happy about that when you come on to the pitch with three minutes left and you feel like you’ve got 150 minutes in your legs already.
“I wanted to sort it immediately. He was not happy and said to me, ‘Mo (Salah) wanted to come in the position’ but Mo already had 90 minutes in his legs. So it would have made more sense that Sadio was close to the right wing and starts from that position.
“It’s not a big thing, we could have done it in the dressing room, it would have been the same thing. Everything is sorted immediately.”