Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has revealed that Sadio Mane was “laughing and joking” following his angry outburst during the 3-0 victory away to Burnley on Saturday.
Shortly after being taken off, Mane appeared to shout towards the Liverpool bench in reaction to Mo Salah’s earlier decision to shoot rather than pass to the Senegal international, who was in a better position to score.
However, speaking to reporters after the game, Henderson revealed that the incident was brushed aside by Mane and his teammates in the dressing room following the win.
“I’ve seen it now and again. Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad,” the midfielder said. “That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that
“I’m not sure [what triggered it] to be honest, I couldn’t really understand at first, but then when he came in [the dressing room], he was laughing and joking. “The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that.
“He performed really well again. Him and Bobby (Firmino) were really big [on] second balls. He had a fantastic game. Like I said, we want to push each other. We want to improve all the time, I quite like that now and again. I think we need it.”
Chris Wood’s own goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s attempted cross put Jurgen Klopp’s side in front on Saturday, before Mane and Firmino made sure of the win for the visitors.