Jurgen Klopp lifts lid on Sadio Mane showdown talks after Liverpool snub

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he spoke to Sadio Mane after the striker snubbed him after Thursday night's win over Manchester United.

Mane didn't take kindly to being left on the bench for the trip to Manchester in midweek.

And after the game, which Liverpool won 4-2, he refused to embrace the manager as he trudged off the pitch.

Klopp confirmed after the game that he planned to talk to Mane about the incident, but attempted to play it down.

The winger returned to the starting XI to face West Brom on Sunday, and Klopp confirmed that his star man had apologised.

He told Sky Sports: "Yeah we spoke and he apologised.

"That's clear and that's it."

Mane started the game against West Brom in place of Diogo Jota, who will miss the rest of the campaign with a foot injury.

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Liverpool hero Graeme Souness wasn't impressed with Mane's actions, and warned that he isn't the same player he was last year.

Souness said to Sky Sports before the game: "It wasn't a great look, shunning the manager like that.

"Last year he got 18 goals. He's sitting on nine goals this year. So he's not the same player as last year.

"The manager has got a choice and Jota has shown he's a Liverpool player very quickly.

"I think Mane has to take it on the chin and say to himself, 'when I get my chance I'm going to prove to the manager I have to be in the starting line-up'.

"Any way you look at it, it wasn't a great look."

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