Count the ‘disrespects’ in Souness, Owen criticism of Mane

Date published: Friday 14th May 2021 10:59 - Will Ford

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Graeme Souness and Michael Owen were not impressed with the “disrespect” Sadio Mane showed Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s win over Manchester United.

And they made that abundantly clear.

The forward was left out of the starting XI on Thursday and refused to accept Jurgen Klopp’s hand after the final whistle at Old Trafford.

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And just like that, a molehill became a mountain.

Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino (2) and Mohamed Salah secured the 4-2 victory for the Reds, and Owen feels Mane’s reaction sends a bad message to the watching fans.

“I thought Jurgen Klopp played it well in the interview, played it down, didn’t want to take the shine off what was a great performance and a great win,” Owen told Premier League Productions.

“But, and there is a big but, you can’t do that to your manager, not in front of the glaring public.

“Yes, go knock on his door tomorrow [after the game], yes, if you’re not happy then say something, but you don’t do that. That’s a lack of respect. It sends a bad image to the fans, to his teammates.

“Don’t forget, he didn’t play, three players did, those three players – Salah, Jota and Firmino – scored all four goals between them, so he’s [Klopp] hardly wrong in what he did.

“You just can’t to that. That’s a lack of respect, especially with Jurgen Klopp who shows respect to everybody. I thought it was poor play.

“I totally understand it, I’ve been left out of a cup final before, but you can’t do that. If you feel that strongly, go back to the training ground, text the manager or knock on his door, anything, so many different ways of reacting bar that one in front of the cameras.

“There’s so many ways you can deal with it, that’s the last way you deal with it.”

It was a view shared by former Liverpool captain and manager Graeme Souness, who also banged on about a lack of “respect”.

“It’s never happened to me, so I can’t tell you what I’d be like in that situation, but I would not be happy,” Souness told Sky Sports.

“I think he should’ve shook his hand. He doesn’t want a cuddle, doesn’t want to be loved by Jurgen, but he should show a bit of respect.

“It’s disrespectful to the manager, disrespectful, most importantly, to the football club.

“Of course he’s not happy at being left out, but can he really argue? He’s not had a great season.

“How could you argue with the fact he’s been a sub and Liverpool have won here at Old Trafford 4-2, which is not a happy hunting ground for them.”


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