Action was needed in the second half to pin Chelsea back and offer another pacy outlet on the counter. Jürgen Klopp was too slow to react, and Liverpool were punished once again. Draws away to Sevilla and at home to Chelsea aren’t terrible results, but Klopp’s in-game management has been rightly questioned after last week’s events.
Sadio Mané was seen engaged in heated discussion with Klopp immediately after the game, and his reaction was seen as justified by many Liverpool fans. Was Mané remonstrating with his manager after being brought on so late in the game? The Senegal international revealed all.
"He [Klopp] asked me to play on the right side and one time I tried to ask for the ball in the number nine position," Mané explained. "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."
Well, that clears the issue up for those wondering whether the discussion of sorts was a sign of something to worry about. Of course, Liverpool fans are not ones to worry much at all. A source of mirth for many, however, is the stupendous form of Mohamed Salah—the top scorer in the Premier League with 10 goals in 13 games.
Mané expressed his delight at how his attack colleague has been doing so far this season and has vowed to help him continue scoring more goals for the team. This is the team spirit that Klopp—to his great credit it must be said—has fostered since taking over in October 2015.
"He's doing very well for us and we are happy to have him in the squad," Mané said. "He is a very important player for us and I'm going to keep trying to help him score more goals for the team.
"He is a very, very good player for us and [if you give him] space he is unbelievable. No-one can catch him and also he is clever."