'There was no problem' – Mane explains Klopp exchange

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The Liverpool attacker dismissed suggestions he had an issue with his manager following Saturday's draw with Chelsea

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane insisted he had no issues with Jurgen Klopp despite appearing to argue with his manager after a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Mane came on in the closing stages of the draw at Anfield on Saturday before having a discussion with Klopp after the final whistle.

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However, the Senegal international played down the incident, saying it was a "friendly" conversation.

"He asked me to play on the right side and one time I tried to ask for the ball in the number nine position," Mane told Sky Sports News.

"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."

Mane was surprisingly dropped from the starting line-up for the crucial Premier League clash as his team were left in sixth in the table.

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The 25-year-old, who has three goals and two assists in the league this season, said it was tough to accept being on the bench.

"It was not easy for me. It was a difficult moment, but it’s part of football and it can happen," Mane said.

"It's important for me to come back now. I'm feeling very well."