Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, believes Sadio Mane’s outburst towards Mohamed Salah at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, was a display of level of competitiveness in the team.
Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, substituted Mane with the game already secured at 3-0 at Turf Moor, but the Senegalese was apparently annoyed with Salah, for failing to pass the ball to him earlier before he was removed.
Henderson and Joe Gomez were among the players who pacified the 27-year-old when he came off the field.
Klopp also said after the match that the matter had been resolved.
However, the captain noted that he was pleased to see the reaction, though if it was from the usually mild-mannered Mane.
“I’ve seen it now and again (from him). Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad,” Henderson said.
“That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that.
“I’m not sure (what set him off) to be honest. I couldn’t really understand at first but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking.
“The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that. He performed really well again. Him and Bobby were really big second ball. He had a fantastic game.
“Like I said, we want to push each other. We want to improve all the time, I quite like that now and again. I think we need it.”
The Reds put up an impressive victory over their host, coming after they easily dispatched Arsenal last weekend.
The club, who finished as runners-up to champions, Manchester City, by a point last season, have won all their first four matches in the league for the first time in their history.
They are now two points clear of City in second place.
But Henderson insisted that the standards they are setting should not be considered as a ‘catch us if you can’ message to their rivals.
“We’re not setting them for anyone else, we’re setting them for ourselves. That’s what we want to do,” he added.
“We want to win every week, we want to perform every week and that’s difficult because there are so many good sides in the Premier League and in Europe. It’s really hard.
“Again for us, it’s game by game. We come up against different tests each week and it’s about giving everything every time we go onto the football pitch and we will see where we are at the end of the season.
“For me it’s just about concentrating on what we need to do. We have been very mature in our performances, especially away from home.
“We want to continue that form, keep doing the right things, keep working hard as a team. If we do that, we can put on performances like that.”