Liverpool 1 – Chelsea 1
Liverpool and Chelsea shared a point apiece at Anfield on Saturday.
A cagey first half saw few chances with Chelsea clearly intent on keeping it tight at Anfield.
The breakthrough came after 65 minutes. Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah launched an attack into the Chelsea box, Tiemoue Bakayoko touched it back into the area and the Egyptian winger scored the opener for Liverpool.
Chelsea claimed a point thanks to sub Willian. The Brazilian claimed the equaliser for Liverpool with five minutes to go with a shot that floated over Simon Mignolet’s head.
Jurgen Klopp & Sadio Mane
Klopp left Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on the bench for the Chelsea game.
Mane came on in the second half, while immediately after the game he was filmed in deep conversation with his boss.
Mane being dropped and the images with Klopp lead to the following tweets.
Mane looks furious speaking to Klopp there. pic.twitter.com/wC8UQkqmeQ
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) November 25, 2017
— AnfieldNation (@AnfieldNation) November 25, 2017
What Klopp said
After the Chelsea game, Klopp gave his version of events regarding the Mane incident:
I was shouting at him because he was in the centre. But no player’s happy about that when you come on to the pitch with three minutes left and you feel like you’ve got 150 minutes in your legs already.
I wanted to sort it immediately. He was not happy and said to me ‘Mo (Salah) wanted to come in the position’ but Mo already had 90 minutes in his legs.
What Mane said
Sadio Mane has now given his side of the story to Sky Sports.
It’s clear the Senegalese star is keen to downplay the conversation which was picked up by the TV camera. Mane revealed:
He 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.
Watch the Mane interview below.