"It’s best to have seen me as a participant!" – Liverpool boss Klopp laughs at Manes spit after Manchester United win
The Reds manager insists there is no problem with his Senegalese star after he appeared to be suppressing a handshake at Old Trafford on Thursday
Jurgen Klopp downplayed his series with Sadio Mane after Liverpool's win against Manchester United, insisting that he is "completely relaxed" on the matter.
Mane was seen interrupting his manager's handshake attempt after the Reds' 4-1 win at Old Trafford on Thursday.
The Senegalese international was apparently disappointed not to have started the game, with Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Mo Salah being preferred by Klopp. All three justified their selection with a goal that could mean a decisive victory in the race for Champions League qualification.
What was said
Klopp insisted after the game that there was no problem with Mane, that it was simply a matter of not having time to explain his decision to start Jota instead of the 29-year-old and at a press conference ahead of the weekend at his On a trip to West Brom, the chief of the Reds was able to wipe away any evidence of a crack.
Klopp told reporters, “I can't make a bigger story of what it is like. Football is an emotional game and everyone expects us to always control our emotions. It doesn't always work, it does.
"It happened to me as a player, it happened to other players when I was their coach. We haven't really had a chance to talk about it so far, but we will and there will be nothing left. Everything will be fine."
"Do you want these things to happen? No. But it's not the first time in my life and I'm scared to say it won't be the last."
He added, “The thing is, if someone shows me respect five million times and one time they don't, which is more important?
“The world is in a situation where you [the media] are doing this bigger than necessary. Unfortunately, that is the case, and I hope for you that your boss will not forget all the other things if you show him no respect. Even now I can see the headlines that you are going to make.
“I am completely relaxed. If you'd seen me as a player, what I did out of emotion, it was crazy! I'm just a normal guy, but it happened to me.
"Nothing else. We'll talk about it and it'll be sorted. That's all."
Liverpool and the top 4
The Reds go to the Hawthorns knowing that a win would keep them on track for a top four result.
Should the Reds win their remaining three games – away against West Brom and Burnley and at home against Crystal Palace – they would be in the box to play either Chelsea or Leicester, which will meet at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Whatever the outcome of that game, Liverpool know that three wins would give them a great chance of sneaking into the final qualifying spot, although it could well be due to the goal difference with Leicester, who was at home in their last game against Tottenham.
Chelsea, currently fourth and in preparation for a Champions League final, will travel to Aston Villa on the final day.