Garth Crooks has a ‘note of caution’ for Jurgen Klopp after an incident involving Sadio Mane. The pundit thinks the Liverpool boss may have it wrong.
There was a somewhat-notable moment against Crystal Palace that wasn’t actually nice. All the other moments were, of course, as Liverpool ran riot.
Jurgen Klopp substituted Sadio Mane in the second-half and Garth Crooks believes the Liverpool boos needs to watch himself as a result.
Mane certainly wasn’t happy with it. He was actually quite open with his displeasure at going off – Liverpool were scoring for fun, after all.
And Crooks believes Klopp has to be more careful in future.
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“A note of caution for Klopp: don’t mess Sadio Mane around,” he wrote for the BBC. “He’s been the Reds’ best forward for over a season and if Klopp is going to substitute him, especially when he’s in such fine goalscoring mood, he needs to let him know well in advance.
“Watching Mane come off muttering his frustrations isn’t a good look and Klopp is deluding himself if he thinks such things don’t matter.
“And he should never think for one minute that the big European clubs aren’t watching his every move.”
What RTK has to say
Honestly, if a substitution during the Christmas schedule is enough for Mane to consider an exit, Liverpool should just sell him.
But we doubt that’s the case.
He was annoyed! Of course he would be. Mane hadn’t scored since October 17th and here was a chance to rack up the goals.
Mane got one, of course, as well as an assist for the opener. He played incredibly well and helped deliver a near-perfect week.
We don’t begrudge him frustration there but he’d also played 180 minutes over the previous six days. It makes complete sense that he went off.
Crooks may have a point that Klopp should have warned him, however. Maybe he did and Mane was still annoyed? We simply don’t know.
But we see no real reason to worry here. Mane wants to score goals, Klopp wants him to rest. Can’t have both and the boss will always win.