Sadio Mane made special gesture to Liverpool team-mate Mo Salah ahead of Norwich clash


Sadio Mane made a special request to Liverpool after returning from the African Cup of Nations.

Mane and Senegal prevailed when they went head-to-head with Salah’s Egypt in the AFCON final earlier this month.

The club team-mates also meet again next month in a crucial World Cup qualifying playoff.

So you could be forgiven for thinking that tensions between the two players are high, especially in light of a couple of on field spats.

However Canal Football Club has reported that Mane asked Liverpool not to make any reference of his or Senegal’s AFCON triumph in Liverpool’s first home game since the final as they welcomed Norwich to Anfield.

Sadio Mane has said that AFCON glory was his greatest ever triumph
Sadio Mane has said that AFCON glory was his greatest ever triumph

Mane made the request out of respect to his team-mate Salah, who is still hurting after Egypt’s defeat.

The final itself was a drab affair, but it was brought to life by the rivalry between the Liverpool duo.

Mane dramatically scored the decisive penalty in the shoot out – after missing a spot kick in normal time – to clinch Senegal’s first ever AFCON title.

The Senegalese hitman’s winning penalty also denied Salah the opportunity to take one, as he was due to take Egypt’s fifth spot kick.

Can Mo Salah and Sadio Mane fire Liverpool to Premier League glory this season? Let us know in the comments section.

Mane consoles club teammate Mo Salah after firing Senegal to glory
Mane consoles club teammate Mo Salah after firing Senegal to glory

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Despite that drama, one of the abiding images of the tournament in Cameroon was Mane comforting Salah, with the Egyptian struggling to hold back the tears.

Talking to Que Golazo YouTube Channel, Mane said: “Me and Mo Salah don’t even talk about it. I think that I’m still thinking about my African Cup, but it’s also an important game that means a lot to me and my people.”

On the upcoming World Cup qualifiers Mane said: “If we can qualify – and we will do everything to do it – it’s very important for me, my teammates and my country because it’s a really, really massive competition, which is a dream for any football player.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool talks with team mate Sadio Mane during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on October 30, 2021 in Liverpool, England.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are two of Jurgen Klopp’s star players

“We will be well prepared for it and do everything possible to win because it’s really important.”

The gesture certainly did the trick in the short term, with the pair on the scoresheet after Liverpool came from behind to beat Norwich City.

Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be delighted with Mane’s thoughtfulness. And with the pair going head-to-head again next month Klopp will be hoping for more of the same from his star strikers, whoever emerges victorious.

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