Sadio Mane’s angry outburst at Burnley shows the level of competitiveness in the Liverpool squad, according to captain Jordan Henderson.
Mane was substituted by Jurgen Klopp with the Reds 3-0 up but the forward was seemingly annoyed by Mohamed Salah’s failure to pass to him moments before being withdrawn.
James Milner and Joe Gomez were among the players to put an arm around the 27-year-old in an attempt to placate him and after the match manager Jurgen Klopp said everything had been smoothed over.
The Liverpool captain said he was pleased to see it, though, even if it was from the usually mild-mannered Mane.
“I’ve seen it now and again (from him). Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad,” said the England international.
“That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that.
“I’m not sure (what set him off) to be honest. I couldn’t really understand at first but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking.
“The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that. He performed really well again. Him and Bobby were really big second ball. He had a fantastic game.
“Like I said, we want to push each other. We want to improve all the time, I quite like that now and again. I think we need it.”
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Liverpool weathered Burnley’s early fire to grind their way through the tough passages before effortlessly moving through the gears when opportunities arose.
The breakthrough came from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross which deflected off Chris Wood and ballooned into the top corner.
Their second was classic Liverpool: forcing the opponent – on this occasion Ben Mee – into a mistake with Roberto Firmino capitalising to release Mane for a well-taken goal.
Firmino became the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals when he launched and finished an 80th-minute counter-attack.
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