• News

‘Sometimes I act selfishly’ – Salah opens up on Mane relationship

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
Getty Images

The Egypt international has opened up about his relationship with his Reds teammate.

Mohamed Salah admits he competes with Sadio Mane to see ‘who is better’, but insists the interests of Liverpool always come first.

The prolific African stars have set the goal charts alight in their four-and-a-half years alongside each other. Combined, they have supplied 250 goals and 100 assists at Anfield. However, while a lethal duo together on the pitch, there have been moments where their relationship has been put to the test.

One example was in a 3-0 Premier League win over Burnley in August 2019. On that occasion, Mane appeared upset when Salah didn’t pass the ball to him in a goal opportunity.

However, the latter has now clarified exactly where they stand both on and off the pitch.

“My relationship with Sadio [Mane]? We are teammates on the pitch and in the locker room, and it’s a professional relationship,” he told Egyptian network MBC Masr TV.

“He and I give everything we have for the team to win. We may have a competition for who is better, but this is normal in any team and a legitimate right for any player, but in the end we serve the team.

“Sometimes I act selfishly on the field, but no one puts his interest above the interest of the team, and it is not intentional.”

Salah added: “In a match, Sadio left the field angry, this was the first time people talked about the bad relationship between us, and they associated every time I did not pass to him or he did not pass to me with this situation.

“But Sadio give me many assists and so do I. I am not jealous if someone else scored goals.”

Salah also opened up about rumored interest from Barcelona during his big interview.