It was a sight that sparked worry in and divided the Liverpool fan base: as the Reds trounced Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor, Sadio Mane was visibly outraged when he was brought off. The outburst was quickly identified as in response to the selfishness of Mo Salah.
The Egyptian striker had failed to play in a completely unmarked Mane and instead took the opportunity on for himself, failing to add to Liverpool’s haul as a result.
The sight caused concern for Kopites. Fans were worried that the unity in the Liverpool squad was becoming threatened by the competition among the strikers. With this harmony so crucial to the telepathy that has made Liverpool such an irresistible attacking force and impassable defensive unit, Reds supporters were fretting that we were set for an ongoing saga. However, Jürgen Klopp was quick to reassure fans after the game that the incident had been dealt with. Sadio Mane has now also taken the time to confirm that the episode is a thing of the past.
Speaking to Canal+ after the game, the Senegalese forward said “With Salah? It’s forgotten.”
The winger confirmed that the outburst was down to him not being slid in by the Egyptian, saying: “sometimes it happens that I am not given the pass”. He went on to update the Kop on his relationship with Mo, reassuring the Anfield faithful, “we have reconciled and become the good friends we were before.”
With the front 3 pals again and firing on all cylinders, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool look utterly unstoppable. Long may it continue.