Fabinho played down concerns over Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah’s relationship by insisting there was never a fall-out between the Liverpool duo.
Salah’s refusal to pass the ball to Mane in a potential scoring opportunity during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Burnley in August left the latter fuming afterwards. James Milner then had to calm him down as he approached the bench.
Although the pair have since patched things up between them, with Mane recently announcing that the incident is in the past.
And now Fabinho has weighed in by insisting that the so-called spat between the Liverpool forwards was just something in the heat of the moment.
“The day after (the game) they joke in the dressing room, they speak normally and they are very good friends,” he told The Straits Times.
“In the moment of the game all players are a little bit hot; it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.”
Fabinho, meanwhile, was left as an unused substitute as Brazil drew 1-1 with Mane’s Senegal in a friendly on Thursday.
The midfielder’s Reds team-mate Roberto Firmino had put Brazil in front with a ninth-minute opener in Singapore. However, Mane won a penalty which Famara Diedhiou put away to finish the game tied.
“We joked a little bit about it, Sadio said he’s going to score against us!” Fabinho added.
Fabinho will have one last friendly to attend to in Brazil’s clash with Nigeria at the same venue on Sunday. Once that’s finished, he will return to Anfield to resume his campaign with Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will need Fabinho, Mane and Salah to bring their A-game for the trip to old rivals Manchester United on October 20.