Klopp expecting no fallout between Salah and Mane after AFCON finals

Klopp expecting no fallout between Salah and Mane after AFCON finals

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane to be fine after the final of the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

The duo will be facing each other on Sunday as Senegal and Egypt lock horns in Cameroon with the players expected to return to Liverpool next week for their club duty.

The duo has had a couple of on-field spats during their time at Anfield, most notably against Burnley in September 2019, with Mane raging as he was substituted moments after Salah had wasted a shot rather than pass him the ball.

“I'm not the type of guy who thinks everything will be a problem. Both players had a successful tournament and we will see the same situation next year, in late November and early December, exactly the same when everybody is coming back from the World Cup.

“There is one winner, maybe two or three winners, and all the rest lost. That is the world we created for these boys. Thank you for asking, usually, no one asks about how they will deal with it. I can deal with it, that's no problem. I will help them with all I have," Klopp said.

The German further suggested that they might hand the duo an extended break due to the tournament but would ask for them if they need anything of that sort.

“When they come back we have to talk and we will see if they need anything. If they need a day off or two days off, whatever these kinds of things. They are our boys and we will do everything to help them through all the different situations. That's how it always was," he added.

The Reds have a date with Cardiff in the FA Cup on Sunday before taking on Leicester City in their return to the Premier League next week.

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