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Sadio Mane denies Klopp rift

Sadio Mane has denied that he has a problem with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following the game against Chelsea on Saturday.

The forward was seen looking visibly unhappy following the 1-1 draw at Anfield at the weekend and was deep in discussion with the German after the final whistle.

Mane was a surprise exclusion from the starting lineup, with Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain preffered ahead of him and Roberto Firmino.

However, despite speculation that the pair had fallen out, Mane denied the rumoured rift. He explained:

“He [Klopp] asked me to play on the right side and one time I tried to ask for the ball in the number nine position.

“Mo [Salah] was on my side and the coach was shouting ‘Sadio come onto the right side’.

“After the game I told the coach it was easier if you told Mo to come in because he was close to you.

“But it was friendly, it was not because I was unhappy or something else. There was no problem, I was just communicating and explaining that to him after the game.”

The Senegal international will be hoping to be back within Klopp’s starting XI for the midweek fixture against Huddersfield.

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