Jurgen Klopp says everything is fine between him and Sadio Mane.
On Thursday evening, Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-2 at Old Trafford, with Klopp winning away against United for the first time in his tenure. Mane was replaced by Diogo Jota in Liverpool’s only change in the starting line-up.
United played their second game in two days, but were punished for rookie defensive errors.
Klopp has played down Sadio Mane’s handshake snub after the game, explaining that it was due to a late decision in training to play Jota against United.
As is customary after a game, the Liverpool manager shook hands or bumped fists with players from both sides, but Mane didn’t shake the manager’s hand.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the German mentor said there is no problem at all.
“No, no problem. Yesterday I made a late decision in training to decide for Diogo. The boys are used to me explaining things usually, but there was actually no time for that and that’s all. It’s all fine.”
Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness said Mane’s snub of his manager showed both disrespect to Klopp and to the club as a whole.
“It’s disrespectful. It’s never happened to me, but if I were the manager, I would not be happy. I think he should have shaken his hand, he didn’t want to cuddle, but you should show a bit of respect. It’s most importantly disrespectful to the football club.
“Yeah, he’s not happy at being left out, but can he really argue?, He’s not had a great season, how can he argue with the fact he’s been a sub and Liverpool have won 4-2 at Old Trafford which is not a happy hunting ground for them.”
Mane recently came out saying this is the worst season in his entire career after only managing 14 goals in all competitions so far. The Senegalese winger has scored nine Premier League goals and assisted another five strikes in 32 games.
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