Liverpool fullback Andy Robertson has denied that there’s a rift between Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane. Rumors of a rift between the two have heightened in recent months alongside suggestions that they do not get along.
The rumor seemed to have gotten credence when Mane reacted angrily after Salah chose to shoot instead of passing to him the Premier League win against Burnley at Turf Moor in October last year.
However, Roberton has dismissed those suggestions, pointing out that such a reaction is common and natural for players who are paid to be selfish in front of goal.
According to the Scotsman, all Liverpool’s forwards including Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino have a close relationship which has helped them achieve their recent successes. He made this known in a chat with the Liverpool Echo.
“The relationship [between the front players] off the pitch is really strong, and on the pitch, the link-up play and everything is always good,”
“But these players are also paid to be selfish and we need them to score goals and take risks in the final third, and we add [Diogo] Jota into that category now. When they are in front of goal, we expect them to shoot and score.
“There have been certain occasions where people say Bobby could have passed, Sadio could have passed, or Mo could have passed, but these guys are paid money to make split-second decisions and score goals for us.
“The three, plus Diogo, are incredible players and they have all showed that since they have come to the club at the highest level.
“The best thing for Liverpool fans is that they are still improving and they are getting better year on year. There is still more to come from them.
“They are fantastic to play with and when I look up, I’m never short of options. It is a pleasure to play with all of them.
“Their relationship is really strong just like every other relationship in the squad and that is why over the last couple of years we have been quite successful.
“You get nowhere without these relationships.”
Robertson went on to note that such relationships are spread across Liverpool’s dressing room and have contributed immensely to their successes in recent seasons in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and Club World Cup.
“We are really close as a group and we have a really close-knit group of players,” he added.
“Me, Trent [Alexander-Arnold], Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain], Hendo [Jordan Henderson] and Milly [James Milner] are in a pack and we lost [Adam] Lallana in the summer who was a big loss to the whole squad, but especially us.
“The Dutch duo I get on really well with – Gini [Wijnaldum] and Virg [van Dijk] – and then Mo, Sadio and the Brazilians [Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson].
“The squad is so tight and that is why I love going into work every single day.”