SADIO MANE and Mohamed Salah have settled their on-field differences and are ready to get Liverpool’s Champions League campaign up and running.
The Senegal striker displayed a rare fit of pique when he was substituted against Burnley last month, furious his team-mate had not passed to him when he felt he was better placed shortly before.
It led to suggestions of a feud between two of the club’s fabled front three, but Mane dismissed that when asked how his relationship was with the Egypt international.
‘Good question. I think things can happen in football,’ he said.
‘I felt a little bit frustrated because it is football and you want to score more goals — you can see Man City score eight, six, seven. 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.’ But he insisted: ‘We are really good friends.’
Mane even claimed he was making light of the apparent bust-up in the dressing room on Monday.
‘I said, “Gini (Wijnaldum), tell Mo why Sadio wanted to beat you in the Burnley game”,’ the forward added. ‘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 the competition returns to the city for the first time since the memorable 4-0 semi-final victory over Barcelona.
However, centre-back Joel Matip, a virtual ever-present this season, will miss out with a knock, along with midfielder 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 is unsure whether Matip would be fit for Saturday’s visit of Leicester.
■ JURGEN KLOPP has admitted there is a ‘difference of opinion’ over the time frame for Alisson’s return from injury. The goalkeeper, who has been out with a calf problem since the season opener with Norwich, could be back on Saturday, although a comeback against Manchester United after the international break is more likely. Reds boss Klopp said: ‘There are two opinions. One is Ali’s opinion and the other is the medical department. We have to wait, I think, so we have to see. (Wednesday), no chance, and then we have to see for Leicester. United game, probably 100 per cent.’