Klopp keeps cool over Mane's 'high five' snub
Klopp keeps cool over Mane's 'high five' snub

Despite Sadio Mane’s snub at the end of Liverpool’s 4-2 Premier League victory over Manchester United on Thursday, manager Jurgen Klopp said there was no tension between himself and the Senegalese striker.

Mane, who came on as a 74th-minute substitute and started on the bench, turned away from Klopp’s outstretched hand at the final whistle.

When asked about the incident, which was caught on camera, Klopp was able to downplay its importance.

“No there’s no problem. Yesterday I made a late decision in training to go with Diogo Jota. I would usually explain it but there was no time for that. It is all fine,” said the German.

“My boys are used to me explaining and I didn’t. No time, forgot it, whatever. And that was it. It’s all fine,” he added.

Television pundits, on the other hand, were not as forgiving as Klopp.

“Disrespectful. If I was the manager I wouldn’t be happy. He should show a bit of respect,” said former Liverpool captain and manager Graeme Souness.

“It’s disrespectful to the manager and the club. How can he argue? He’s not had a great season and Liverpool have won here 4-2″,” he said.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane agreed, but challenged Klopp’s practice of greeting his players on the field.

“The player is out of order but when I was a player I didn’t want the manager coming on giving me high fives. If he sees the player upset then back away,” he said.

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