"Deluded" Jurgen Klopp warned over Sadio Mane’s Liverpool frustrations

Days after Mohamed Salah opened the door to a shock Liverpool exit, Jurgen Klopp has been warned Sadio Mane could be finding himself similarly frustrated.

Salah’s future at Anfield has come under scrutiny after the Egyptian admitted he was “disappointed” to not being named captain, while refusing to rule out a blockbuster transfer.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was handed the captain’s armband for a recent Champions League encounter, leaving him less than impressed.

"Honestly, I was very disappointed,” he told AS. “I was hoping to be the captain, but it's a coach's decision. I accept it."

Asked explicitly about his future, he added: "Who knows what will happen. But right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool again.

When pressed again, he said: “That's a tough question, but right now I can say that everything is in the hands of the club.”

Salah scored a brace in Liverpool’s most recent Premier League victory, a 7-0 win at Crystal Palace, after coming off the bench to replace Mane.

Mane appeared frustrated to be removed from the action at Selhurst Park and Garth Crooks has claimed Klopp is “deluded” if he thinks the forward won’t be affected.

“A note of caution for Klopp: don't mess Sadio Mane around,” Crooks said, in his BBC Sport column.

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“He's been the Reds' best forward for over a season and if Klopp is going to substitute him, especially when he's in such fine goalscoring mood, he needs to let him know well in advance.

“Watching Mane come off muttering his frustrations isn't a good look and Klopp is deluding himself if he thinks such things don't matter.

“And he should never think for one minute that the big European clubs aren't watching his every move.”

The Senegal international was heavily linked with Real Madrid earlier this year, with Zinedine Zidane plotting a £131million transfer.

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