Saturday May 15, 2021. 15:00
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will speak to Sadio Mane after the Senegal international snubbed his handshake approach in aftermath of Thursday’s 4-2 Premier League win at Manchester United.
Mane was caught on television walking away from Klopp while shaking his head in an act that has been branded ‘disrespectful’, but the German mentor was quick to play down the incident and said he would clear the air with Mane before Sunday’s match at West Bromwich Albion.
The Senegalese forward came off the bench for a brief second-half cameo at Old Trafford after Klopp decided to start Diogo Jota instead.
Klopp approached Mane at the final whistle to celebrate a crucial victory for the Reds in their pursuit of Uefa Champions League football, but the 29-year-old, who has openly described the current campaign as his most difficult to date, ignored his manager.
“If somebody shows me five million times respect and one time not, what is then more important?” Klopp said on Friday.
“The world is in a situation when you make this one time bigger than necessary. That’s unfortunately the case.
“If you had seen me as a player what I did out of emotion it was insane – and I’m a completely normal guy, but it happened to me.
“We will talk about it, then it will be sorted. That’s all,” he added.
Klopp stated immediately after the match that his late decision to start Jota in favour of Mane may have prompted the forward’s reaction.