Liverpool winger Sadio Mane has revealed how midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum had the dressing room laughing when he made a joke about the winger’s spat with Mo Salah.
Mane was visibly frustrated with Salah during the Reds’ win over Burnley in August when the Senegal international fumed at his teammate for failing to pass the ball as Jurgen Klopp’s side chased another goal.
The air between the two was cleared almost immediately after the incident and speaking to Canal+ Sport (via Sport Witness), Mane provided more reaction on the aftermath of the spat between the pair.
“[Salah] told me, ‘But Sadio, why are you angry?’,” the 27-year-old said. “I told him ‘you needed to give me the ball, Mo’ to which he replied ‘I didn’t see you. You know I’ve got nothing against you’.
“I knew that, but his reaction was a bit strange to me. We’re always side by side. He’s 10 and I’m 11 . We text each other sometimes. We even talk on the phone, but we don’t have a problem.”
Mane also revealed how Netherlands midfielder Wijnaldum had the rest of the Liverpool dressing room laughing with a joke.
“Everyone was taking the p*** out of us,” he said.
“Wijnaldum, who likes to tease people, waited until everyone was there, came up to me and asked out loud ‘Mo Salah, why did Mane want to hit you?’ and the whole team started laughing.”
Liverpool head into Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United eight points clear at the top of the table and 15 ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.