Is there an underlying issue between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane which Jurgen Klopp needs to resolve?
The Liverpool boss played the situation down following his side’s 3-0 away win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, but Mane’s reaction must have concerned him.
The Senegalese forward was furious after Salah failed to pass him the ball inside the box and made his feelings crystal clear after being substituted.
Following the incidents towards the beginning of last season, Liverpool fans must have thought they’d seen the last of any kind of selfishness between two of their star forwards.
In last September’s Premier League clash against Tottenham at Wembley, both Mane and Salah were guilty of trying to score themselves instead of picking each other out. At one point Klopp could be seen screaming at Salah to pass to Mane after he went for goal.
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After that incident, Mane was abused on social media by some of Salah’s more hardcore fans.
He’d uploaded a post to Instagram but deleted it following the wave of abusive comments.
Mane is yet to post anything on social media and, after what happened last year, it would be a surprise if he does.
But that hasn’t stopped Salah and Mane’s hardcore fans from arguing among themselves over on social media.
It’s turned into Salah FC v Mane FC since *the incident*.
Salah’s fans are pointing to various instances where Mane has been selfish in the past.
He’s certainly no angel when it comes to going for goal instead of passing.
Others are highlighting the fact that Mane only provided one league assist for his teammates last season, compared to Salah’s eight.
This, they claim, is further evidence that Mane is actually more selfish than his Egyptian teammate.
However, a lot of fans are on Mane’s side after Saturday’s incident.
A few fans have even voiced their opinion that, if a big enough bid comes in, then Liverpool should consider selling Salah - yes, really - in order to improve the squad while keeping hold of Firmino and Mane.
Both Salah and Mane are essential for Liverpool and, most of the time, there’s no problem between the two of them on or off the pitch.
But Klopp will need to ensure that this doesn’t become a bigger issue over the coming weeks and months.News Now - Sport News