Liverpool forward Sadio Mane did not play against Chelsea and just watched from the bench as the squad played one of the most important games of the season.
Sadio Mane opened up after the game and insisted that he and Jurgen Klopp are still alright despite reports that the Senegal international was annoyed to have been left out of the game.
“It was not easy for me,” he told reporters. “It was a difficult moment, but it’s part of football and it can happen. It’s important for me to come back now. I’m feeling very well.”
Mane was caught on camera gesticulating with Klopp after the final whistle, which left for some to suggest that they were arguing.
However, Mane denied those assumptions and explained that the two were not just able to communicate well.
“He Klopp asked me to play on the right side and one time I tried to ask for the ball in the number nine position,” said Mane. “Mo [Salah] was on my side and the coach was shouting ‘Sadio come onto the right side’.
“After the game I told the coach it was easier if you told Mo to come in because he was close to you, but it was friendly, it was not because I was unhappy or something else. There was no problem, I was just communicating and explaining that to him after the game.”
When asked if he is fully recovered and if the decision to leave him out of the Chelsea game had something to do with his fitness, Sadio Mane said: “I’m completely recovered, yes.”
“I’ve been fine for around a month and that’s why I’ve been in training with the team and playing games.”