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Sadio Mane “Shouted Angry Insults” At Salah For Taking Selfishly Poor Shot Without Passing Him, Says Firmino

Sadio Mane "Shouted Angry Insults" At Salah For Taking Selfishly Poor Shot Without Passing Him, Says Firmino

Former Liverpool Player Firmino Said In His Book When Sadio Mane Was Substituted He “Shouted Angry Insults” At Salah- For Not Pasing Him An Easy Goal Instead He Took And Missed It:

In his recently released autobiography “Si Senor: My Liverpool Years,” former Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has provided new insights into the complex relationship between star attackers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane during their time as teammates.

Firmino reveals that tensions had been slowly building between the pair since the 2018-19 season, when Salah and Mane were fiercely competing against each other for the Premier League Golden Boot award. According to Firmino, Mane grew increasingly frustrated that Salah would frequently fail to pass him the ball when Mane was in an advantageous attacking position. This tension stemmed from the two players’ differing styles – Salah preferring to take shots himself while Mane focused on linking up with teammates.

These simmering tensions finally boiled over during a Premier League match against Burnley in August 2019. Late in the game, Salah refused to square the ball to Mane, who was wide open in space. Salah instead took a poor shot himself. Shortly after, when both Mane and Firmino were substituted out of the game, Mane shouted angry insults at Salah as he came off the pitch. Firmino, who was substituted at the same time, was famously caught on camera laughing about the spat back in the tunnel.

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Firmino explains that manager Jurgen Klopp had previously addressed Salah’s selfishness in front of the whole team earlier that year, encouraging him to pass more often to teammates in better positions. Firmino saw himself as the peacemaker in the attacking trio, balancing the explosive anger of Mane and the single-mindedness of Salah.

According to Firmino, the tensions between Mane and Salah had been quietly mounting well before the Burnley match. Small disputes in training and during games had been occurring behind the scenes. Firmino writes “the atmosphere was obviously tense” and “the mood was heavy” heading into that fateful Burnley game, and he knew an argument could break out at any moment. While Firmino doesn’t know exactly why Mane shouted angrily at Salah after being substituted, he suggests it was about more than just the failed pass.

In his own words, Firmino said: “It wasn’t anything nice!” regarding the insults shouted by Mane at Salah.

Firmino also doesn’t understand why he pulled such an “ironic” grinning face after witnessing the spat in the tunnel. He admits the post-match spat was amusing to him in the moment, even though “their argument wasn’t funny.” Firmino believes his smile likely came from the absurdity and awkwardness of the situation.

Ultimately, Firmino makes clear that while Salah and Mane were never best friends, they always behaved professionally on the pitch when it mattered most. Their chemistry as a trio was integral to the great success Liverpool achieved during those years, including the Champions League victory in 2019. Firmino credits Klopp for managing the two stars’ egos and keeping the team unified behind their common goals. The Burnley dispute seems to have been an isolated incident that didn’t irreparably damage the teammates’ ability to work together constructively for the good of the team.

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Looking back, Firmino views the tensions between Salah and Mane as normal for two world-class athletes competing for glory. But their shared desire to win overcome any personal disputes. In the end, Firmino says the duo always put the team first when it counted most, powering Liverpool’s offense during the most successful period in the club’s modern history.

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Sadio Mané’s Stats in Liverpool:

In 269 appearances, Sadio Mane scored 120 goals and provided 38 assists. He also helped Liverpool win six major trophies, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, EFL Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.

  • Appearances: 269
  • Goals: 120
  • Assists: 38
  • Trophies won: 6 (Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, EFL Cup, UEFA Super Cup)

Socrates Award
Premier League Golden Boot
African Player of the Year
2022, 2020
CAF Africa’s finest XI
2020, 2019, 2018,2016

Mohamed Salah’s Stats in Liverpool:

Mohamed Salah has scored 194 goals for Liverpool in 315 games.

Trophies won: 7 (The Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Carabao Cup and FA Community Shield)

Premier League Player of the Month
2021, 2018, 2018
FIFA Puskás Award
Premier League Golden Boot
2022, 2019, 2017
PFA Players’ Player of the Year
2022, 2018
African Player of the Year
2019, 2018
FWA Footballer of the Year
2022, 2018
CAF Africa’s finest XI
2020, 2019, 2018, …
PFA Premier League Team of the Year
CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year
BBC African Sports Personality of the Year
Laureus Sport for Good Award for Sporting Inspiration

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Sadio Mane’s Journey from Liverpool to Bayern Munich And From Bayern to Al Nassr:

Sadio Mané is one of the most talented and decorated footballers of his generation. He enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Liverpool, winning six major trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League. However, his move to Bayern Munich last summer proved to be less fruitful.

Mané struggled to adapt to the Bundesliga, scoring just seven goals in 25 appearances. He also missed the World Cup in Qatar due to a leg injury.

In August 2023, Mané left Bayern Munich to join Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr. The move was a surprise to many, given that Mané was still only 31 years old and was still capable of playing at the highest level.

However, Mané has explained that he wanted to move to a new challenge and that he was excited to join Al Nassr and play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

What’s Next For Sadio Mane In Al-Nassr?

In the current season Sadio Mane scored 10 goals.

Al-Nassr have AFC Championships League Game Tomorrow against Al-Wehda.



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