Jurgen Klopp dismisses Sadio Mane suggestion after Liverpool attacker refused handshake
Jurgen Klopp has shot down suggestions that Sadio Mane should be reprimanded for his post-match show of dissent after Liverpool’s win over Manchester United.
The Senegalese refused to acknowledge his manager as he left the pitch following an appearance as a second-half substitute in a 4-2 victory for the Reds at Old Trafford.
Klopp later shared his view that Mane was most likely disappointed by a late decision over the starting XI that saw Diogo Jota start in his usual place on the left wing.
But, when one reporter suggested that he would be disciplined for such a show of disrespect in work, the German sardonically replied: “Sorry for you.
“If somebody shows me five million times respect and one time not, what is then more important? The world is in a situation where you make this one time bigger than necessary, that’s unfortunately the case.
“I hope for you that your boss, if you one time don’t show him respect, that he forgets all the other stuff.
“You ask me about that and I can see the headlines already that you are making of it but I’m completely relaxed about that.
“If you had seen me as a player, what I did out of emotion, it was insane – and I’m a completely normal guy. It happened to me.
“If nothing else, we will talk about it and it will be sorted.”
Klopp went on to reveal that he and Mane have yet to discuss the incident after returning home late following victory in Manchester on Thursday evening.
But he intends to do so imminently and expects the situation to be quickly resolved.
He added: “I cannot make a bigger story of it. Football is an emotional game, everybody expects that we we control our emotions always and it doesn’t work out always.
“It happened to me as a player, it happened to other players when I was their coach.
“We had, so far, no real chance to talk about it, but we will and there will be nothing left, everything will be fine.
“Do we want to have these things happening? No. But it’s not the first time in my life and I’m afraid to say it will probably not be the last time.”