Sadio Mane announced that he has made up with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah, with the pair “good friends” again after their Burnley fall-out.
The Mane and Salah bust-up during Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Burnley has been well documented over the last two weeks. It’s created a huge debate over in England, with even the likes of Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler weighing in.
The alleged spat came about when Mane reacted furiously when Salah didn’t pass the ball for him in a scoring opportunity. He left the pitch just moments later fuming, which left James Milner with the unenviable task of calming him down.
But the duo have since patched things up and are mates once again at Anfield. Salah even poked fun on the incident on social media, with a photoshopped video of them making up.
And both attackers responded on Saturday by getting on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
After going a goal down early on, Mane struck twice to hand the Reds a first-half lead at home. Salah then took advantage of some excellent work by Roberto Firmino, to add a third goal in the 72nd-minute.
“These are things that happen in football,” Mane told Canal+ on the Salah and Burnley fall-out.
“Sometimes you have to say things face to face.
“Sometimes it happens that I am not given the pass. But we have reconciled and become the good friends we were before.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also played down the bust-up between Mane and Salah on Saturday.
“There’s nothing left. It’s something we left immediately after the game,” the German told talkSPORT.
“There was a little talk. It was Monday when we met first after our international break and everything was fine. Training was brilliant, the boys are fine with each other, they like each other! That’s how it is and that’s how it was before.
“Football is high emotions and the only problem that we have is that all of our emotions are shown in public – and I like that.”
Meanwhile, Mane made a bit of history on Saturday by becoming the first Premier League player in history to go 50 home games for one club unbeaten.