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Jurgen Klopp tries to explain away blatant Sadio Mane snub

Jurgen Klopp has attempted to explain away Sadio Mane's refusal to acknowledge the Liverpool mana...

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06:28 14 May 2021



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Jurgen Klopp tries to explain away blatant Sadio Mane snub

Off The Ball
Off The Ball

06:28 14 May 2021

Jurgen Klopp has attempted to explain away Sadio Mane's refusal to acknowledge the Liverpool manager in the aftermath of Thursday night's victory at Old Trafford. 

After coming out on top against Manchester United in an unusually entertaining game, the German took to the field post-match to fist-bump players from both teams.

While United's Dean Henderson and Scott McTominay were both content to respond to Klopp in kind, Mane, one of Liverpool's usual attacking trio dropped last night in favour of Diogo Jota, refused.

"No, there's no problem," Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports in his post-match comments.

"Yesterday, I made a late decision in training to decide for Diogo [instead of Mane]. The boys are used to me explain[ing] things usually.

"But there was actually no time for that and that's all. It is all fine."

Klopp was vindicated in his choice of forwards with Jota, Roberto Firmino (2) and Mohamed Salah all getting among the goals on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have confirmed two arrests were made outside Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

Hundreds of Manchester United fans gathered outside the club's stadium to once again protest against the ownership of the Glazer family.

Numbers were greatly reduced to those seen eleven days previously when a stadium invasion and hotel blockade forced the postponement of United's Premier League game with Liverpool.

Both teams made it to the stadium without much issue, and the game kicked off on time. However, two arrests were made for public order offences.

Assistant Chief Constable for GMP, Chris Sykes, said: "We have been working closely with Manchester United and partners to ensure those in attendance outside the stadium are kept safe while exercising their right to a peaceful protest.

"The safety of all those concerned remains GMP's main priority.

"We encourage everyone to remember we are still living under restrictions due to the pandemic and have a collective responsibility to remain safe and protect one another.

"Enforcement remains our last resort, but anyone whose behaviour crosses the boundary into a criminal offence should expect to be prosecuted."

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