I was trying to work out what was up with Mane...

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Aug 31, 2019, 23:05

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Jurgen Klopp has explained why Sadio Mane appeared to react badly to being substituted in Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Burnley.

An own goal by Chris Wood, deflecting in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, was added to by Mane and Roberto Firmino as Klopp‘s side regained top spot just over two hours after Manchester City had briefly overtaken them.

On Liverpool‘s performance, Klopp said: “We were brilliant, there were so many 50/50 situations because of the long balls but we played early balls in behind as well. In moments we played really, really good football. Everything was there.

“We were a bit lucky with the first goal but we forced that situation. We controlled the game as much as you can. Wood and Barnes fight so hard for these balls, and we defended it really well. We were aggressive but gave away no fouls, we worked our socks off.

“Burnley play football as well, we had opportunities to score on the counter attack, you have to prepare the trigger. This sort of a game is a real challenge for our concentration. You have to be ready.”

Explaining why Mane seemed unhappy when he was substituted, Klopp added: “Sadio Mane is an emotional guy, we are all individuals. Something went not like he wanted, it is not the substitution. We will clarify it in the dressing room.

“Very early when I came in I told everyone that we want to create our own history and that is what the boys do week in, week out. We had a tricky pre-season so I didn’t expect these first four games.”

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