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Sadio Mane says he is having the worst season of his career to date - and has even undergone tests to try and find the reasons behind his dip in form.
He was eventually brought on in the second-half, but a frosty encounter with manager Jurgen Klopp after the full-time whistle suggested he was far from happy with being excluded from the starting line-up.
:speaking_head:"There is no problem."- Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 13, 2021
Jurgen Klopp said there is no problem between himself and Sadio Mane after he got a frosty reception from the Liverpool winger at full-time pic.twitter.com/mFADPn3bNT
By his usually high standards, the 29-year-old has yet to reach the heights of last season; where he scored 22 goals in all competitions.
Sadio Mane was clearly unhappy with his manager.- Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 14, 2021
Jurgen Klopp explains why here... pic.twitter.com/PaQQlefWT1
In fact, just days before the clash at Old Trafford, a brutally honest Mane opened up about his season in an interview with Canal+.
"This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it," he said.
"If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally, I don't know. I have always tried to be positive, whether things are going well or badly. I question myself all the time.
"I even underwent a test to take a look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed? But they checked the test results, and everything is fine.
"I need to understand that in life there are ups and downs. I will keep on working hard - and perhaps in time this situation will pass."
:speaking_head:️ Sadio Mane: 'This is the worst season of my career. If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. I will keep on working hard and perhaps in time this situation will pass'- Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 11, 2021
History suggests it will :muscle: pic.twitter.com/a0MZwXKlVK
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, undestood why Mane was frustrated after being left out of the line-up against Manchester United.
When asked about the lack of handshake incident, the German manager said: "Yes, I made a late decision in training, really late and changed Diogo for Sadio.
"And the players are used to that, I explain that, but I didn't do that properly or whatever.
"And in that moment for a Premier League game, Sadio was obviously not too happy, that is all.
"The boys are used to me explaining but there was no time for that, that's the situation. All fine."
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