Cape Town - Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has moved
to draw a line under his on-field disagreement with Mohamed Salah,
insisting they have both moved on from the incident.
The Senegalese player showed a rare display of emotion when he was
substituted at Burnley last month, furious that his team-mate had not
passed to him when he was in a better position.
It led to suggestions all was not rosy between the pair but Mane
dismissed that notion when asked about his relationship with the Egypt
"Good question. I think things can happen in football," Mane said.
"I felt a little bit frustrated because it is football and you want
to score, to score more goals - you can see Man City score eight, six,
"For the team, it was really important for us to score as many goals as possible.
"It can happen, he didn't see me and I was frustrated. We are really, really good friends."
In order to highlight the issue was now over Mane said he was cracking jokes about it in the dressing room on Monday.
"Yesterday I said, 'Gini (Wijnaldum), tell Mo why Sadio wanted to beat you in the Burnley game'," added the forward.
"It is forgotten, all behind us."
Mane and Salah, along with fellow forward Roberto Firmino, will lead
the line at home to Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield as they look to
register their first win in the defence of the Champions League.
However, centre-back Joel Matip - a virtual ever-present this season - will miss out with a knock, along with Xherdan Shaqiri.
"Both not available. It is not a big one (for Matip) but it is big
enough. We don't want to take any risks," said manager Jurgen Klopp, who
could not say at this stage whether Matip would be fit for Saturday's
visit of Leicester.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who has been sidelined since the first
match of the season with a calf injury, has a chance of making a return
on Saturday, although a comeback against Manchester United after the
international break looks more likely.
"There are two opinions. One is Ali's opinion and the other is the medical department," said Klopp.
"We have to wait, I think, so we have to see. Training is going
really well but it was a serious injury and we don't want to take a
"Tomorrow, no chance, and then we have to see for Leicester. United game, probably 100 per cent."