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Sadio Mane reveals what he said to Mo Salah after AFCON final


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Sadio Mane has provided an insight into exactly what he told Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, on the back of the Africa Cup of Nations finale.

Sunday night of course saw Reds pair Mane and Salah go head-to-head, as Senegal and Egypt faced off for AFCON glory in Yaounde, Cameroon.

When all was said and done, it was the former who emerged victorious, to clinch the nation’s first-ever international title.

Not only that, but after the two African heavyweights cancelled each other out across 120 minutes, it was Mane who stepped up to slot home the 5th and decisive shootout spot-kick:

As Senegal’s stars peeled away in celebration, their Egyptian equivalents, on the other hand, were left crestfallen, after seeing glory slip through their fingers at the final hurdle.

Salah, for his part, was not even afforded the chance to try his luck from twelve yards, having been pencilled in as the Pharaohs’ 5th and final penalty taker.

In turn, amid the chaotic post-match scenes inside The Olembe Stadium, Egypt’s star man was sought out by his Liverpool teammate and attacking partner in crime:

And now, 24 hours on, Mane has provided an insight into precisely how he attempted to console Salah.

“I told him that he remains a very great player and it’s a pleasure to play for the same club,” the Senegalese explained to beIN SPORTS, as quoted by The Metro.

“I have so much respect for him and he gave everything for his country.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t win, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for him.

“I also told him that he still has many things to win, including the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They have a young team so maybe they will win it one day.”

Mo eyeing Leicester comeback

Salah, for his part, is expected to waste little time mulling over Egypt’s AFCON heartbreak, however.

This comes with word having been forthcoming on Monday evening that the prolific wide-man has already returned to England, ahead of linking up with his Liverpool teammates at Kirkby on Tuesday morning.

Not only that, but Salah appears to have his sights set on featuring from the off in Thursday’s Premier League showdown with Leicester City, as the Foxes are forced to face up to the potential wrath of Liverpool’s ever-lethal, and now wounded talisman.


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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Watford FC 21 -17 15
19 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
20 Burnley FC 19 -11 13
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6

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