Sadio Mane apologises to Jurgen Klopp over awkward encounter at Man Utd

Sadio Mane has apologised to Jurgen Klopp after appearing to blank the German boss following Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United on Thursday.

The Senegalese star rejected Klopp’s embrace after the match, leading some to question whether the pair had been involved in a falling out behind the scenes.

In the immediate aftermath, Klopp dismissed such speculation, saying: “If somebody shows me respect five million times and one time not, what is then more important?

“The world is in a situation when you make this one time bigger than necessary. That’s unfortunately the case.

“I hope for you that your boss, if you one time don’t show him respect, he then does not forget all the other stuff.

“I am completely relaxed about it. If you had seen me as a player what I did out of emotion was insane – and I’m a completely normal guy.

“But it happened to me. We will talk about it and then it will be sorted. Everything will be fine. That’s all.”

Talk about it they did, and before Liverpool’s match with West Brom, Klopp revealed Mane had indeed issued an apology for his actions.

Asked whether a line had been drawn under the incident, he said: “Yeah, we spoke and he apologised and it’s clear, that’s it.”

Mane, who was a 74th minute sub at Old Trafford in midweek, returned to the starting line-up at the Hawthorns with Liverpool looking to put the pressure on Chelsea and Leicester in the race for the top-four.

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