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No Hatred Between Mane, Salah Despite International Rivalry –Klopp

No Hatred Between Mane, Salah Despite International Rivalry –Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah remain close despite their international rivalry.

Klopp says he was impressed and touched by Mane’s insistence he wouldn’t revel in beating the nation of his team-mate twice in the past month, as Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations and then qualified for the World Cup finals.

On his return to Anfield after both games, team-mates had planned a ‘celebration’, but out of respect to Salah, the Reds forward asked that the usual ‘ceremony’ to recognise his achievement was cancelled. And Klopp claimed it shows their bond, as team-mates and friends. He said: “No doubt about it they are not only close, they are well educated, they are good boys, they are good humans.

“I really thought Sadio did particularly well with it to be honest and I am sure that Mo appreciates that as well. Even if it is your brother, then imagine he is playing for the other team and you have to play a final and one wins and the other loses. That is not a good situation for anyone. But for sure Sadio and Mo would consider themselves as friends, and they handled it well.

“No, they are not rivals.

“You play together in a team and both want to score goals. That is normal. We want them to score goals. Yes, there are situations where one doesn’t see the other and doesn’t finish the situation off and then we immediately say, ‘what is the reason for that?’

“(But) there is nothing. That is how it is. We are human beings and from time to time we make wrong decisions, but it is nothing personal. We just want to score a goal and realise a little bit later it was the wrong decision. It has nothing to do with any kind of rivalry with another player on your team, it is just the wrong decision.”


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