There has been a little frustration in the camp of Liverpool, especially in their bid to defend the Premier League title as the journey has not gone the way they expected.

The Premier League title holders are currently level on points with their Merseyside rivals, Everton as toppers of the league, and have been able to deliver two wins in their two Champions League games.
However, a lot of things have happened in the short spell of the season, most importantly the 7-2 humiliation against Aston Villa.

The Reds cannot forget that result in a hurry. This adds to the 2-2 draw against Everton.

The injury plague at Anfield is also something to be concerned about as the Reds have now lost Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho to injury while Mohamed Salah was seen limping in the Champions League game against Midtjylland.

Nevertheless, the Sheffield United game which saw the Reds team record a slim win might have caused a sting in the relationship between Mohamed Salah and Saido Mane unknown to many.

Liverpool were able to deliver a win in that game despite coming from a goal down, al thanks to Sadio mane for his brilliance. It would be recalled that it was his header that was parried by Aaron Ramsdale which had Roberto Firmino finish it off. The Senegal international also handed the assist to Diogo Jota to score his first goal for the club.

However, Sadio Mane looked unhappy after the game and it may not be unconnected to Mohamed Salah’s refusal to hand him the ball in the second half that could have placed him on the score sheet.

BBC Sport pundit, Garth Crooks, who observed keenly what happened, said when the ball came to Mohamed Salah he should have handed it to Sadio mane who was well placed but refused to do so to deny the Senegal international a goal. He, however, expresses fears that Sadio Mane could be unhappy and that may force him to consider other suitors who are interested in him.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.