Sadio Mane Admits Frustration, but Denies Rift with Mo Salah

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Back on August 31, we saw Liverpool forward Sadio Mane absolutely fuming while being subbed off in the Reds 3-0 victory at Burnley. The reigning co-Golden Boot Award winner was angry at his teammate, one of two people he shared the award with, Mohamed Salah.

Mane was upset over Salah’s decision not to send him a pass while he was in optimal scoring position. Teammates James Milner, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino all tried to calm down the Senegal international, a player known for staying cool and calm almost all the time.

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Although we didn’t hear from Mane or Salah at the time, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp spoke of the incident after the match, and downplayed its significance. Today, ahead of the Liverpool-RB Salzburg UCL clash tomorrow night, Mane was asked about the altercation.

“These things happen in football,” Mane said at the press conference leading into the match against one of his former clubs.

“I was a little bit frustrated. You want to score more goals. We can see Man City’s 8-0, but it can happen. He didn’t see me. We’re really good friends.”

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Kickoff: Oct. 2, 8pm Anfield

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Google’s result probability: 72% Liverpool win, 17% draw, 11% RB  Salzburg victory

Prediction: Liverpool FC 3, RB Salzburg 0

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