Jurgen Klopp reveals he’ll hold talks with Sadio Mane after winger snubbed his handshake

Jurgen Klopp reveals he’ll hold talks with Sadio Mane after winger snubbed his handshake in a strop at Old Trafford… but Liverpool boss insists ‘everything will be fine’ after their ’emotional’ spat

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he will hold talks with Sadio Mane after the clearly-irritated Liverpool forward snubbed a handshake from his manager following his side’s victory against Manchester United.  

Mane, who was named on the bench for the fixture, refused to respond to Klopp’s approach after the final whistle at Old Trafford and was even caught on the television cameras walking towards the tunnel whilst shaking his head.

Boss Klopp waved away the surprise snub in his post-match press duties, however, and has again played down the relevance of the incident ahead of Liverpool’s next game against West Brom.

Jurgen Klopp has looked to move on from the handshake snub from Liverpool star Sadio Mane

Forward Mane (L) was seen snubbing boss Klopp's (R) request for a handshake at Old Trafford

Forward Mane (L) was seen snubbing boss Klopp’s (R) request for a handshake at Old Trafford

‘I cannot make a bigger story of it,’ Klopp told reporters at his press conference. 

‘Football is an emotional game and people expect that we control our emotions always but it doesn’t work out that way. We will talk about it and everything will be fine.’

It is customary for Klopp to shake hands or bump fists with every player after matches and his treatment was no different in the minutes that followed a crucial three points which keeps Liverpool in the top four hunt.

Mane was introduced as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford but cut a frustrated figure

Mane was introduced as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford but cut a frustrated figure

Klopp revealed afterwards that the reaction from Mane may have been down to a late decision to start Diogo Jota ahead of the forward. 

And when it was put to him that similar treatment in other professions may well result in disciplinary action, Klopp was quick to highlight the glowing respect Mane has demonstrated for much of his Anfield career.  

‘If somebody shows me five million times respect and one time not, what is more important?’ Klopp responded. ‘I hope for you that your boss, if you one time don’t show him respect, doesn’t forget the other stuff.’

He went on to add: ‘I can already see the headlines, but it is not about that. I am completely relaxed. 

Klopp had congratulated his players in his usual manner before the frosty moment with Mane

Klopp had congratulated his players in his usual manner before the frosty moment with Mane

He went on to add: ‘I can already see the headlines, but it is not about that. I am completely relaxed. 

‘I am a completely normal guy. We will talk about it, and then everything will be fine.’

Irked Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, a former Liverpool manager, believes that Mane’s frustration showed disrespect to both Klopp and the club overall.

‘It’s disrespectful,’ Souness said. ‘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?’

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Sadio Mane SNUBS Jurgen Klopp handshake following Liverpool’s win at Manchester United

Sadio Mane SNUBS Jurgen Klopp handshake following Liverpool’s huge win at Manchester United to keep top four hopes alive… but Reds boss brushes off incident, insisting that ‘there is no problem’

  • Sadio Mane was left out of Liverpool’s XI for their clash at Manchester United
  • Instead, he was replaced by Diogo Jota who was instrumental in Reds’ 4-2 win
  • Mane replaced Jota late on as a substitute, before missing a chance to score 
  • At full-time Mane snubbed Jurgen Klopp’s handshake while heading off the pitch
  • Klopp played down incident due to not explaining to Mane his omission reasons

Jurgen Klopp brushed off a spat with Sadio Mane after he celebrated 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 played down the incident and admitted that he had not had a chance to explain his selection to the Senegal striker.

Sadio Mane (left) snubbed Jurgen Klopp’s (right) request for a handshake at full time

‘No, there is no problem,’ said Klopp. ‘I made a late decision in training before the game to put Diogo in.

‘The boys are used to me explaining things but there was no time for that. It is all fine. Sadio was slightly angry but that is all.’

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness criticised Mane for snubbing Klopp, particularly after his team had picked up their first win at Old Trafford in seven years.

‘I wouldn’t be happy,’ Souness said on Sky Sports. ‘He should have shaken his hand. He doesn’t want a cuddle but he should show a bit of respect. 

Klopp though played down the incident, insisting he had not had a chance to explain to Mane his omission from the Liverpool starting XI that defeated Manchester United

Klopp though played down the incident, insisting he had not had a chance to explain to Mane his omission from the Liverpool starting XI that defeated Manchester United

Mane was introduced as a late substitute but missed a one-on-one chance to score

Mane was introduced as a late substitute but missed a one-on-one chance to score

‘It’s disrespectful to his manager and most importantly to the football club. Of course, he’s not happy at being at being left out, but how can he argue at being a sub when Liverpool have won at Old Trafford?’

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane added Mane should not have reacted the way he did, but could sympathise with his frustration: Roy Keane: ‘I think obviously the player is out of order but not every player wants… there is a new trend now among managers, everyone going on the pitch giving high fives.

‘I know when I was a player I didn’t want the manager coming on and giving me high fives. If we had won the league maybe but even then I’d be doubtful.

‘I just think if he sees the player is upset, just back away. It is bad enough your own manager but now you see the opposition manager going around giving everyone high fives.’ 

His starting XI replacement Diogo Jota justified his selection with an equaliser at Old Trafford

His starting XI replacement Diogo Jota justified his selection with an equaliser at Old Trafford

Victory boosted Liverpool’s hopes of securing a Champions League place. ‘The only thing we can do is to win our games, that was not the case before,’ added Klopp.

‘Being in a position where you have it in your own hands to qualify for the Champions League is a big thing.’

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lamented his side’s second home defeat in the space of three days as they conceded two Roberto Firmino goals either side of half-time. ‘That was a kick in the teeth,’ said Solskjaer.

Meanwhile, United midfielder Fred was racially abused on social media after the game.

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Sadio Mane admits ‘this is the WORST season of my career’ and reveals he has even undergone TESTS

Sadio Mane admits ‘this is the WORST season of my career’ and struggling Liverpool star reveals he has even undergone physical TESTS amid alarming slump in form

  • Sadio Mane says the 2020-21 campaign has been ‘the worst season’ of his career
  • The Liverpool player underwent test to check if there was an issue with his body
  • Everything was ‘fine’, making Mane realise it was due to the ups and downs of life
  • The 29-year-old forward says that he hopes the current situation will pass in time

Sadio Mane says the 2020-21 campaign has been ‘the worst season’ of his career and that he hopes the ‘situation will pass’ in time. 

The 29-year-old forward says he is unable to identify why he and his teammates have struggled to replicate the form that saw them end their 30-year wait for Premier League glory last season. 

Mane even admitted to undergoing ‘tests’ to see if there was an issue with his body after ‘questioning’ himself all the time.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane says the 2020-21 campaign has been ‘the worst season’ of his career

However, Mane’s tests confirmed ‘everything was fine’, causing the striker to realise life comes with ‘ups and downs’. 

Speaking to Canal Plus, Mane said: ‘This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it.

‘If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally I don’t know.

‘I have always tried to be positive, whether things are going well or badly. I question myself all the time.

‘I even underwent a test to take a look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed? But they checked the test results, and everything is fine.

The Liverpool forward even underwent test to check if there was an issue with him body

The Liverpool forward even underwent test to check if there was an issue with him body

The 29-year-old Liverpool forward says that he hopes the 'current situation will pass in time'

The 29-year-old Liverpool forward says that he hopes the ‘current situation will pass in time’

‘I need to understand that in life there are ups and downs.

‘I will keep on working hard – and perhaps in time this situation will pass.’

Mane has been renowned for his goalscoring ability, having scored 20 goals in each of the last three seasons. 

However, this season, Mane has only found the net a total of 14 times – with just nine of them coming in the Premier League. 

Mane did get his name on the scoresheet during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Saturday – with the contribution marking his first goal at Anfield in 2021.  

Mane will be eager to rediscover his form with Liverpool to cement his place in the squad after being linked with a potential transfer this summer.  

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Liverpool: Michael Owen claims Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are ‘not natural finishers’

Michael Owen claims Liverpool stars Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are ‘NOT natural finishers’ after draw with Newcastle leaves their top four hopes in the balance… despite pair netting 217 goals between them since moves to Anfield!

Michael Owen has accused Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of not being ‘natural finishers’ in the wake of their limp draw with Newcastle.

Salah struck after just three minutes but the fallen champions missed a host of other chances at Anfield and were left reeling following Joe Willock’s last-gasp leveller.

Former Reds ace Owen took aim at two of the club’s forwards after the shock result and criticised their composure in front of goal.

Michael Owen hit out at the lack of composure from Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mo Salah

Liverpool dropped more points in the Champions League race after drawing with Newcastle

Liverpool dropped more points in the Champions League race after drawing with Newcastle

‘That’s the problem: Mane, brilliant player, scores lots of goals. Salah, unbelievable player as well, scores lots of goals,’ Owen said on BT Sport.

‘But they’re not natural finishers, they’re not someone that you can hang your hat on.

‘They’ve scored goals consistently because Liverpool have, like today, created so many chances.

Salah netted a superb effort early on but was unable to add to his tally due to wasteful finishing

Salah netted a superb effort early on but was unable to add to his tally due to wasteful finishing

Owen (pictured) insisted fallen champions Liverpool can't 'hang their hat' on Salah and Mane

Owen (pictured) insisted fallen champions Liverpool can’t ‘hang their hat’ on Salah and Mane 

‘But they’ve been wanting, or the team have been found wanting a lot of the season with missed chances.’

Liverpool have endured a nightmare campaign and their poor home form is a major factor behind their stuttering bid to get back in the Champions League.

Once again, however, the hosts carved out several golden openings, but the frontline were guilty of failing to add to Salah’s solo effort.

The talisman could have, and should have, at least notched a brace – and will take little solace in his 20th Premier League goal of the season.

Liverpool ace Salah was played through but failed to hit the target in the disappointing draw

Liverpool ace Salah was played through but failed to hit the target in the disappointing draw

The strike, a sharp turn following by an unerring finish, saw him also net his 123rd goal in a Liverpool shirt, moving him into the club’s top 12 all-time goalscorers.

Salah, who also closed the gap on Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot, needs seven more to break into the top ten. 

Mane, meanwhile, was accused post-match of lacking in confidence. 

Mane was also guilty of misfiring at key moments as his poor campaign for the Reds continues

Mane was also guilty of misfiring at key moments as his poor campaign for the Reds continues

The misfiring forward got away more shots than anyone else at Anfield, with six, but failed to hit the target with five of them.

Now 29, the Senegalese international has notably dropped off this season, having scored just eight goals in the top-flight.

He has netted 94 times for Liverpool across 213 appearances in all competitions, with 71 in the league, but his record this term is a stark contrast to previous heights.

Jurgen Klopp criticised Liverpool's failure to score a second goal before Newcastle struck late

Jurgen Klopp criticised Liverpool’s failure to score a second goal before Newcastle struck late

Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch insisted on TV that ‘you kind of knew’ Newcastle would salvage a point after Liverpool’s slew of misses.

‘You can’t keep saying they’re unlucky,’ he said. ‘There’s a nervousness in front of goal. Salah’s got, what, 29 goals. But everyone else is not contributing enough.

‘Firmino looks like he’s not going to score. Mane, there’s a lack of confidence. Jota’s getting back to fitness. There’s not enough goals in midfield.’

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