‘Salah and Mane were never best friends at Liverpool – the lid blew at Burnley’

Ex-Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has revealed that Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah never saw eye-to-eye.

With Firmino, the trio were once of the most revered frontlines in the history of the English top flight. And as tension grew between Mane and Salah as they competed for the Golden Boot in 18/19 season, Firmino has revealed when the lid finally came off.

Writing in his new book, Firmino said: "It [the row] had been brewing since the previous season, 2018-19. My instinct and my duty was to defuse the situation between them. Pour water on the fire – never petrol."

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Firmino claimed Liverpool's players "could feel" the tension between Mane and Salah. And he added "the atmosphere was obviously tense" and the "mood was heavy" heading into the Burnley game.

Salah had the chance to slide the ball to Mane, for what would have been an easy goal, but the Egyptian decided to shoot. However, Firmino has insisted Mane wasn't just annoyed about Salah refusing to pass the ball – he was also frustrated with being hooked by Jurgen Klopp.

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He wrote: "Well, my English isn’t wonderful, so I can’t tell you exactly what Mane shouted when he came off. But it wasn’t anything nice!"

Firmino added that while Salah and Mane were "never best friends" and he was the peacemaker in the trio, the Brazilian insisted "they always acted with the utmost professionalism".

The Brazilian left Liverpool over the summer, and he became one of the many players to swap Europe for Saudi Arabia when he moved to Al-Ahli.

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