SADIO MANE dramatically shunned Jurgen Klopp’s handshake after the victory over Manchester United – leaving the Liverpool boss to insist there was ‘no problem’ between them.
The Reds beat their North West rivals 4-2 at Old Trafford on Thursday in a huge boost to their top-four ambitions.
Sadio Mane waved away Jurgen Klopp’s post-match handshake on ThursdayCredit: Sky Sports
Diogo Jota levelled after Bruno Fernandes’ deflected opener and Roberto Firmino’s brace set the visitors on their way to a huge win.
Marcus Rashford got United back in it before Mohamed Salah’s sealer.
Mane, 29, has not enjoyed a great season in front of goal and was left out of the line-up before being introduced in the 74th minute.
The winger scuppered his best chance of a goal when going one-on-one with Dean Henderson, only to fail to round the goalkeeper.
And he was clearly unhappy at full-time despite the three points.
Sky Sports cameras picked up Liverpool boss Klopp handing out fist bumps to players of both teams before being irately waved away by Mane.
The boys are used to me explaining things but there was actually no time for that.
Klopp attempted to explain the incident post-match as simply down to a tough team selection call.
He said: “That’s no problem.
“Yesterday I made a late decision in training to decide [to pick] Diogo, the boys are used to me explaining things but there was actually no time for that. That’s all, it’s all fine.”
But studio pundits Roy Keane and Graeme Souness took exemption to the Senegal international’s display, the former also pointing the finger at Klopp.
Reds favourite Souness said: “[It was] disrespectful.
“I would not be happy. He should show a bit of respect. It’s disrespectful to the manager, to the club.
“Of course he’s not happy at being left out but can he really argue? He’s not had a great season and Liverpool have won 4-2.”
And United legend Keane added: “The player is out of order but there’s a new trend now of managers coming on the pitch and giving high fives.
“I know when I was a player I didn’t want the manager coming on giving me high fives. If we’d won the league maybe, even then I’d be doubtful.
“If he sees the player upset, just back away.”
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