Sadio Mane Admits It Was 'Difficult' Being Dropped for Liverpool vs. Chelsea

  • Sadio Mane Admits It Was 'Difficult' Being Dropped for Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Sadio Mane Admits It Was 'Difficult' Being Dropped for Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Mane and Firmino were both surprise absentees from the lineup for Saturday's 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Chelsea at Anfield.

"The last time we were there the weather was good", the German joked when asked if he was expecting the cold, windy cliché associated with the Potteries. If anyone struggles we need to be there. Chelsea are an unbelievably hard team to play, we played them in a completely different manner.

He is not anxious by critics such as former City midfielder Joey Barton, who claims that Klopp's men are going backwards, or former England striker Ian Wright, who believes that the manager needs to develop a mean streak to ensure his players see out games when leading. "I don't think we are far from establishing ourselves in the top half".

'This is now a really decisive period of the season. "We need to cut the errors out", added Hughes. My feeling is we are.

"It was a very important sign for the squad and from my side that I show the faith in all of the boys".

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Sadio Mane Admits It Was 'Difficult' Being Dropped for Liverpool vs. Chelsea

SADIO MANE insists there is no rift with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

But rather than resort to what he hinted would be unfair tactics to get over the line, Klopp has stated that he always wants his player to behave like "proper sportsmen" and win in the right way. We had to make a few changes, this is the part of the season to use the strength of your squad. It was that we needed fresh legs.

When asked whether Mane and Firmino will return to his line-up against Stoke, he responded: "It's not completely unlikely they will start".

A freak cross-cum-shot from Willian cancelled out Mohamed Salah's opener on Saturday to earn the Blues a point on Merseyside, but the Brazilian wasn't the only Chelsea forward who caused the Reds' defence problems, with Hazard's constant dribbling causing Liverpool's back four all kinds of problems throughout the match.