Liverpool fans in blunt message to Sadio Mane after incident at Wolves – ‘Nothing worse!’
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Sadio Mane’s sportsmanship has been brought into question after the Liverpool forward was told he was too honest during Monday night’s win over Wolves. The Reds edged past Nuno Santo’s side 1-0 at Molineux.
Diogo Jota sealed his return from injury to score the game’s only goal but there was potential for Liverpool to have more.
Gini Wijnaldum played through Mane but the Senegalese forward was clipped by goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The Liverpool forward stayed on his feet but was unable to convert the chance.
Reds fans noticed the incident and immediately took to Twitter. While their frustration was not with Mane, it seems they felt the only way they could have won in that situation was for the forward to go down.
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One fan tweeted: “How many blatant penalties has Mane refused to go down for this season? Newcastle, Sheffield Utd, Chelsea, Wolves… Nothing worse than sportsmanship!”
Another added: “Should be a pen regardless of staying on his feet.”
One fan pointed out: “That is why you’ll never stop diving, if Mane goes down there, that’s a penalty, soft but would have been given. Stays on his feet – completely ignored.”
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While another added: “It’s a recurring flaw in his game.”
Thankfully for Mane and his moral compass the incident didn’t have too greater bearing on the game with Liverpool taking all three points.
Jota’s return to the team could be just the spark Mane and Salah need to get going. The pair have struggled to find the back of the net consistently of late but Thierry Henry believes Jota can make a difference.
“Yes and you know what makes a difference is when you know as a player, whether your Mane or your Salah, is if you know that there is someone behind that can come on,” the Arsenal legend on Sky Sports.
“Not someone that you’re like ‘Okay, I’m going to play anyway because that guy isn’t as good as me’.
“What that guy [Jota] is about to bring, and what he was bringing at the beginning – and then he got injured he couldn’t carry on and the team stopped progressing.
“What it does in, in my time for example, if I’m not playing well I’m looking at the bench, I’m like ‘Dennis is on the bench if Kanu is on the bench. I better do something’.
“In training you’re looking and you’re like ‘Oh these guys are as good as you, you need to perform’.
“That’s what this guy is going to bring. You need to have some competition, in training and on the bench.”
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