Klopp Ex­plains Sa­dio Mane’s An­gry Re­ac­tion

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Jur­gen Klopp has in­sisted he is ‘com­pletely fine’ with Sa­dio Mane’s an­gry out­burst fol­low­ing his sub­sti­tu­tion dur­ing Liver­pool’s 3-0 win at Burn­ley.

The Sene­galese was caught on cam­era launch­ing an an­gry tirade as he sat down on the bench af­ter be­ing re­placed by Divock Origi in the 85th minute at Turf Moor. It ap­peared that Mane’s ire was aimed at team­mate Mohamed Salah for tak­ing on a shot in the box when a pass looked the bet­ter op­tion, but Klopp was giv­ing noth­ing away. Asked if he knew what had an­gered his No.10, the Ger­man said: “Yeah, I know! “He was up­set, that was ob­vi­ous. Sa­dio can­not hide his emo­tions and I like that. But all sorted.

“It was a sit­u­a­tion in the game he wasn’t happy about. That’s com­pletely fine. “Would he do it (react) in ex­actly the same man­ner again? Prob­a­bly not. But it hap­pens. “He didn’t say any wrong words (to any­one), it just looked a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to how he looks usu­ally.”

Klopp later hailed the tim­ing of Mane’s erup­tion, jok­ing that the up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional break is likely to re­duce the col­umn inches it re­ceives.

“For me, it’s just a lit­tle story. Thank God we are away for a week so if you write some­thing about it we won’t read it any­way.

“And in a week no­body will re­mem­ber it any­way.

“It’s a cool mo­ment for it to hap­pen! But it’s all fine.”

LA­PORTE’S IN­JURY WOR­RIES PEP

Pep Guardi­ola fears Aymeric La­porte faces an ex­tended time out af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury in Manch­ester City’s 4-0 win against Brighton.

The cen­tre-back was sent to hos­pi­tal for tests af­ter leav­ing the pitch on a stretcher in the first-half.

City’s med­i­cal staff are wait­ing for the fi­nal re­sults, but fear the France de­fender has sus­tained se­ri­ous dam­age.

Guardi­ola said: “It doesn’t look good. To­mor­row we will know.

“Now, ex­actly what he has I don’t know. The doc­tor is go­ing to call me but I think it will be a while. Hope­fully it is not as long as Leroy (Sane).”

Sane is side­lined un­til Fe­bru­ary at the ear­li­est af­ter dam­ag­ing his ACL in the Com­mu­nity Shield.

La­porte was clearly in dis­tress af­ter hurt­ing him­self in a chal­lenge with Adam Web­ster.

His right knee took the im­pact of the col­li­sion, with the 25-year-old fail­ing to get back to his feet.

The de­fender had only just earned a call-up by Didier Deschamps af­ter be­ing over­looked by the World Cup win­ners de­spite his out­stand­ing form for City.

Guardi­ola praised his call up, say­ing: “For me he is the best left-sided cen­tral de­fender in Europe.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to Deschamps. Hope­fully he can play good and stay there for a long time. All of us are so happy for him be­cause he was look­ing for this call for a long time.”

Fer­nand­inho re­placed La­porte in de­fence, with John Stones still re­cov­er­ing from a thigh in­jury that will keep him out un­til af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break.

Photo: AFP

Liver­pool striker Sa­dio Mane calmly slots in the sec­ond goal in their 3-0 win over Burn­ley at Turf Moor in Lan­cashire, Eng­land on Au­gust 31, 2019.

Photo: AFP.

Aymeric La­porte re­ceives med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

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