Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool star Sadio Mane's handshake snub

Jurgen Klopp again plays down handshake snub from Sadio Mane after Liverpool’s crucial win at Manchester United – with Reds boss keen to insist that ‘everything will be fine’ following the incident

  • Sadio Mane refused to shake Jurgen Klopp’s hand in a frosty snub on Thursday 
  • The incident came in the wake of Liverpool’s crunch win at Manchester United  
  • Boss Klopp was keen to wave away the significance of the moment post-match 
  • And in Friday’s press conference, Klopp had again played down the moment 

Jurgen Klopp has once again looked to move on from his frosty moment with Sadio Mane after Liverpool’s crucial win against Manchester United, insisting that ‘everything will be fine’ between them.

Mane, who was named on the bench for the game, refused to shake Klopp’s hand at full-time at Old Trafford and was caught on the television cameras walking towards tunnel whilst shaking his head.

Boss Klopp waved away the surprise snub in his post-match press duties and now, ahead of Liverpool’s next game against West Brom, has doubled down on the irrelevance of the incident. 

Jurgen Klopp has looked to move on from the handshake snub from Liverpool star Sadio Mane

Forward Mane (L) was seen snubbing boss Klopp’s (R) request for a handshake at Old Trafford

‘I cannot make a bigger story of it,’ Klopp told reporters at his press conference. 

‘Football is an emotional game and people expect that we control our emotions always but it doesn’t work out that way. We will talk about it and everything will be fine.’

It is customary for Klopp to shake hands or bump fists with every player after matches and his treatment was no different in the minutes that followed a crucial three points which keeps Liverpool in the top four hunt.

Mane was introduced as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford but cut a frustrated figure

Klopp revealed afterwards that the reaction from Mane may have been down to a late decision to start Diogo Jota ahead of the forward. 

When it was put to him that similar treatment in other professions may well result in disciplinary action, Klopp was quick to highlight the glowing respect Mane has demonstrated for much of his Anfield career.  

‘If somebody shows me five million times respect and one time not, what is more important?’ Klopp responded. ‘I hope for you that your boss, if you one time don’t show him respect, doesn’t forget the other stuff.’

He went on to add: ‘I can already see the headlines, but it is not about that. I am completely relaxed. 

Klopp had congratulated his players in his usual manner before the frosty moment with Mane

He went on to add: ‘I can already see the headlines, but it is not about that. I am completely relaxed. 

‘I am a completely normal guy. We will talk about it, and then everything will be fine.’

Irked Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, a former Liverpool manager, believes that Mane’s frustration showed disrespect to both Klopp and the club overall.

‘It’s disrespectful,’ Souness said. ‘It’s never happened to me but if I were the manager, I would not be happy. 

‘I think he should have shaken his hand, he didn’t want to cuddle, but you should show a bit of respect. It’s most importantly disrespectful to the football club.

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

‘How can he argue with the fact he’s been a sub and Liverpool have won 4-2 at Old Trafford, which is not a happy hunting ground for them?’

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