Sadio Mane SNUBS handshake Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s massive win at Manchester United to keep hopes alive in the top four … but the Reds boss wipes the incident and insists ‘there is no problem’
- Sadio Mane was left out of the Liverpool XI due to their clash with Manchester United
- Instead, he was replaced by Diogo Jota, who was instrumental in Reds’ 4-2 win
- Mane replaced Jota late as a substitute, before missing a scoring opportunity
- At full time, Mane disapproved of Jurgen Klopp’s handshake as he took off the field
- Klopp downplayed the incident for failing to explain to Mane his reasons for absenteeism
Jurgen Klopp brushed off an argument with Sadio Mane after celebrating his first win at Old Trafford as Liverpool manager on Thursday.
Mane, who started on the bench and replaced Diogo Jota in the 74th minute, refused to shake Klopp’s hand at the final whistle as he marched towards the tunnel, shaking his head.
The Liverpool boss downplayed the incident, admitting he had not had a chance to explain his selection to the Senegalese striker.
Sadio Mane (left) declined Jurgen Klopp’s (right) request for a handshake full-time
“No, there is no problem,” said Klopp. ‘I made a late decision in practice for the game to use Diogo.
‘The boys are used to me explaining things, but there was no time for that. It’s all fine. Sadio was a little angry, but that’s all. ‘
Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness criticized Mane for disapproving Klopp, especially after his team took their first win at Old Trafford in seven years.
“I wouldn’t be happy,” said Souness on Sky Sports. He should have shook his hand. He doesn’t want a hug, but he has to show a little respect.
However, Klopp downplayed the incident, insisting he had not had a chance to explain to Mane the failure of the Liverpool-starting XI to beat Manchester United.
Mane was introduced as a late substitute, but missed a one-on-one chance to score
‘It is disrespectful to his manager and especially to the football club. Of course he’s not happy about being left out, but how can he claim to be a sub when Liverpool have won at Old Trafford? ‘
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane added that Mane shouldn’t have reacted the way he did, but could sympathize with his frustration: “ I think the player is clearly not okay, but not every player wants to (do that). there is a new trend. now among managers, everyone who goes on the field and gives high fives.
‘I know when I was a player I didn’t want the manager to come and give me high fives. If we might have won the competition, but even then I would have my doubts.
‘I think if he sees that the player is upset, he is just gone. It’s bad enough being your own manager, but now you see the opposition manager walking around and giving everyone high fives. ‘
His starting XI replacement Diogo Jota justified his selection with an equalizer at Old Trafford
Victory boosted Liverpool’s hopes of securing a place in the Champions League. “All we can do is win our games, it wasn’t the case before,” added Klopp.
“Being in a position where you are in control of qualifying for the Champions League is very important.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lamented his side’s second home defeat in three days when they got two goals from Roberto Firmino on either side of half time. “That was a kick between the teeth,” said Solskjaer.