The stats which suggest Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have a right to be aggrieved with Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah


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On the surface, Liverpool made the perfect start to the new Premier League season after securing their sixth Champions League trophy in Madrid.

And while European success is always coveted, domestic dominance is what Reds supporters have craved ever since their last league title in 1990.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are seemingly fine with one another after their ‘spat’

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Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are seemingly fine with one another after their ‘spat’

Now the first round of international fixtures have concluded, the focus returns to the bread and butter of Premier League football.

Liverpool host Newcastle United at Anfield, in a fixture steeped in history and goals. But does Jurgen Klopp have a potential issue on his hands?

Prior to the international break, the Reds were seemingly coasting to a comfortable victory against Burnley at Turf Moor, but the win was marred somewhat by an altercation on the away bench.

Sadio Mane was taken off against the Clarets, much to the Senegal striker’s chagrin. And Mane made no secret of his disgust at the decision, fans began to suggest there was an ulterior motive behind the sulk.

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Just moments before being withdrawn, Mane was in space and calling for a pass from Mohamed Salah. However, the former Chelsea striker did not notice his teammate and opted to shoot.

But it seemed to trigger the angry response, leaving fans concerned. Klopp spoke to talkSPORT after the game and played down the ‘altercation’.

“Yes, very okay, all good,” Klopp said. “These guys throw everything on the pitch and sometimes they are not happy but it is all fine.

“We spoke about it after and I respect that a lot as long as the boys invest so much.

The Senegal international appeared furious with Salah

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The Senegal international appeared furious with Salah

“We are not always choir boys, they really are men!

“So we spoke afterwards and it is fine and everything is good again.”

But does Mane have a genuine basis behind his Turf Moor tantrum and is Roberto Firmino also within his rights to to feel so aggrieved?

talkSPORT looked at the evidence to determine whether or not the Liverpool front three is working as cohesively as possible.

Firmino and Mane have been at Anfield together since 2016

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Firmino and Mane have been at Anfield together since 2016

Since Salah arrived from Roma in the summer of 2017, Liverpool’s front three have created 178 chances for one another – 59 each by Salah and Firmino, with Mane generating the remaining 60.

At first glance, it seems to represent a relatively even split among the trio – but almost a quarter of the total were Mane providing an opening for Salah (43).

By contrast, back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot winner Salah has created just 25 chances for Mane, compared with 34 for Firmino.

Statistics also suggest the Brazil international slightly favours picking out Salah (33 chances) over Mane (26).

While there is no suggestion of a rift between the triumvirate, the evidence suggests Salah and Mane are perhaps more competitors than teammates. But that could be the driving factor which finally takes Liverpool to the Premier League title.

How Liverpool’s front three share the creative and goal scoring burden

After years of relying on Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were only ever able to ever supplement the legendary skipper with one genuine superstar with whom he was forced to share the goal scoring burden with.

Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez played the role of sidekick in Gerrard’s ‘Roy of the Rovers’ story.

Despite second placed finishes under Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers, the Reds could not go that one step further before the former England captain eventually departed Merseyside for the glitz of Hollywood in 2015.

Perhaps with a trinity of lethal marksmen driving the side forward, this could finally be Liverpool’s year.

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