Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are friends again.
Following Mane’s angry reaction to not being passed the ball by Salah in their win at Burnley before the international break, there were concerns that the relationship between the two star forwards would impact their play on the pitch.
But speaking to French outlet Canal+ after their 3-1 win against Newcastle United on Saturday, Mane put a lid on the matter.
“With Salah? It’s forgotten,” Mane said. “Sometimes you have to say things face to face. These are things that happen in football, sometimes it happens that I am not given the pass. But we have reconciled and become the good friends we were before.”
That’s that then.
Salah posted the following video ahead of the weekend, which says it all.
Mane scored twice on Saturday to continue his stunning start to the season, so it hasn’t impacted his form. But Salah, the Egyptian King and darling of Anfield, has come out of this worse.
Liverpool fans, generally, were on Mane’s side in this disagreement and the Senegalese attacker has been applauded for his response.
Will this impact Salah’s confidence and the fluidity of Liverpool front three? Probably not.
As Mane said, these things happen in football but it does prove that despite all of the success something has been brewing behind-the-scenes at Liverpool.