Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says Sadio Mane was his normal, happy self in the dressing room after the 3-0 win against Burnley yesterday.
The Senegalese international was furious after being substituted at Turf Moor, with the forward frustrated at Mo Salah not passing to him when he was in open space. Henderson, however, confirmed that the striker had settled down after fulltime:
“I couldn’t really understand at first, but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking. The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that. He performed really well again. Him and Bobby were really big second ball. He had a fantastic game.”
“Like I said, we want to push each other. We want to improve all the time. I quite like that now and again. I think we need it. I’ve seen it now and again. Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad. That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that.”
There is certainly a competitive streak which is driving Mane forward which is great to see. Liverpool had already sealed victory when Salah failed to pick out Mane but the 27-year-old is clearly hungry for more goals.
The Senegalese star has been in superb form since the start of the campaign, having scored four goals and provided one assist in five appearances.
After the match, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that any issue between Mane and Salah had been settled, but it will be interesting to see what the Egyptian does in a similar situation in future.