Sadio Mane Opens Up About Relationship With Mo Salah
Sadio Mane opens up about his relationship with Mo Salah in a new interview.
Mane and Salah could be seen getting into it last August during a 3-0 victory over Burnley.
The cause of the confusion seemed to be Mane’s frustration over being snubbed for a pass by Salah when in threatening position.
Instead, Salah opted to go at it alone and fired an unsuccessful shot on goal.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Mane was asked about his relationship with his Liverpool teammate.
“Wow, what a question,” he replied.
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“Things can happen in football. I was a little bit frustrated [at Burnley in August] because it’s football and you want to score more goals.
“You can see Man City [winning] 8-0, 7-0, 6-0,” he added.
“For the team, I thought it was really important for us to score as many goals as we could,” Mane continued.
“But it can happen – he didn’t see me. I was a bit frustrated but we have become really, really good friends.
“It’s all forgotten, it’s behind us.”
For all the talk about a rift between Mane and Salah, it is important to note that their relationship has translated into strong success for Liverpool.
As it stands, Liverpool has won all seven of their opening games this year.
When asked whether the Premier League title race or Liverpool’s Champions League defense is more important, Mane offered a thoughtful response.
“Good question,” he replied.
“For sure, I will say both because both are important for me. And both are our target.
“We are Liverpool, we are a great team, so I don’t think we should have a problem about it.
“We have nothing to lose so we can’t put ourselves under pressure. I will say both – and we will fight for both.”
Mane was also asked whether he believes the team is better now than it was last year.
“I would say we are better this season than last season, for sure,” he admitted.
“That’s why we are working every single day harder and harder to get better and better each season. We are more mature than last season, for sure. I would say, yes.”
Reporters then asked Mane how he feels about going up against his old club this coming Wednesday, when Liverpool faces off against Salzburg.
“Of course it’s a special game for me,” he said.
“I was playing there for two-and-a-half years and now I’m going to play against them.
“They will be ready for me and I will be ready for them as well. I love the city and the club – before and still now.
“I will be really happy to meet my ex-teammates. But at the same time, I would love to win against them.”
Mane was quick to point out the strength of the Austrian League as a whole.
“The league is, of course, a good league,” Mane said.
“I played there for two-and-a-half years and for sure I met great people there – great staff, a great team and a great club. As a human I learned a lot, and as a football player also.
“They are a really, really good team and are doing very well. They need big respect because they are top of the group.
“We’re expecting a very, very difficult game tomorrow. We will do everything to get a positive result.”