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Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane do compete with each other at Liverpool – but it is healthy competition that only benefits the team.
That is according to former Reds defender Dejan Lovren, who insists it good to have this kind of friendly rivalry among teammates.
Much has been made of Salah and Mane’s relationship at Anfield, with some claiming they do not get on all that well.
Relations between the pair seemed to reach breaking point at a game at Burnley last season, when Mane was outraged after being substituted at Turf Moor.
Moments earlier, Salah failed to pass to him when he had an open goal to aim at, instead opting to shoot himself.
Despite a couple of similar incidents, the pair still combined well throughout the season to help guide Liverpool to a maiden Premier League title.
Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool squad laughed off the Burnley incident at the time and Lovren, who has left Anfield to join Zenit Saint Petersburg, has given his verdict on the pair.
“I see it in a different way," said the Croatian defender in quotes carried by Egyptian website KingFut .
“It is good to have competition between players. It is normal, Salah wants to score more than Mane, and this is football.
“If both players are in good form, then it serves the team well and that’s the most important thing.
“When Salah doesn’t score in a game, he doesn’t blame Mane for not scoring. Instead, he focuses on his mistakes to improve for the next game."
If Salah and Mane do have a problem with each other then it doesn’t seem to be affected the team too much on the pitch.
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In the last year the Reds have claimed a Premier League title, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
And Klopp will be hoping for more of the same from two of his most important players when the new season gets underway in a few weeks time.
Both Salah and Mane are currently in Austria ahead of Liverpool's first pre-season friendly against Stuttgart on Saturday.
- Mohamed Salah
- Sadio Mane
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