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'We spoke and he apologised' - Mane said sorry for Liverpool handshake snub, reveals Klopp

17:53 BST 16/05/2021
Sadio Mane, Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool
The Senegal attacker was involved in a moment of controversy following the win over Manchester United, but it has been brushed off

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Sadio Mane apologised for his behaviour following the victory over Manchester United on Thursday.

Mane was a substitute for that encounter and refused to shake Klopp’s hand as he departed the field.

The manager said at the time he did not see it as a major slight, and is now happy the situation has been entirely resolved.

What was said?

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture with WBA, Klopp indicated to Sky Sports: “We spoke and he apologised. That's clear and that is it.”

Why was Mane unhappy?

Mane was upset because he had not started the match, with Diogo Jota deployed from the outset in his place. For Klopp, though, the player’s reaction was no big deal.

Speaking at the time, he said: “I cannot make a bigger story of it as it is. Football is an emotional game and everyone expects from us to control our emotions always. It doesn't work out always, that's the case.

"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 you want these things to happen? No, but it's not the first time in my life and I'm afraid to say it won't be the last time.

"The thing is, if somebody shows me respect five million times, and one time not, what is more important?

“The world is in this situation where you [the media] make this one time bigger than necessary. That is unfortunately the case, and I hope for you that your boss will not forget, if one time you don’t show him respect, all the other stuff. Even now, I can see the headlines you will make.

“I am completely relaxed about it. If you’d have seen me as a player, what I did out of emotion, it was insane! I’m a completely normal guy, but it happened to me. Nothing else. We will talk about and it will be sorted. That’s all.”

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