Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaks out over claims Sadio Mane is jealous of Mohamed Salah - 'They're best friends'
The Reds boss put the issue to bed once and for all as he revealed the duo are actually very close friends
Jurgen Klopp has put to bed claims Sadio Mane is jealous of Mohamed Salah, telling the press: "They are best friends".
The claim first emerged that the duo had fallen out after Mane failed to set Salah up to score with an easy tap-in during the Merseyside derby in Decemeber.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright discussed the issue on BBC Radio 5 Live at the time, where he suggested Mane may be jealous of his team-mate.
Wright said: "Do you think there is a bit of jealous there? With Mo Salah? He just looks a little bit perturbed by it," resulting in the issue being discussed in the press.
But Klopp, while talking about Mane's recent dip in form on Friday, dispelled the rumors once and for all.
"I don't think too much about it [Mane's form], even if Sadio is not at his best he's still a threat for other teams," he said. "He had the two biggest chances in Huddersfield, he didn't score - no problem. When you win 3-0 it is no problem.
"You need to carry on, keep on going, for him it is exactly the same. I realise there are good moments, fantastic moments, average moments for players, but you can't change immediately.
"Build on good things, work on not so good things. On an average day he is still a fantastic player. For sure, the new situation he is in with Mo Salah.
"They are best friends, he's not jealous, but everyone watching now there to see what he [Salah] is doing.
Klopp claimed he is not concerned by Mane's recent dip in form .
"And adapting to all these situations, that's how a team grows together. That's what's happening at the moment.
"We have the points we have so far with Sadio in the shape he was in the season so far, we know he can play better, let's work on it."