Mane addresses front-three 'disharmony'

English Premier League

Mane was the subject of major criticism after he was accused of deliberately refusing to pass to Mohamed Salah during the Premier League leaders 2-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

The statistics paint a different picture , however, with Salah and Mane combining to create more chances for each other than any other pairing in the Premier League this season.

And now Mane has moved to end the debate while accepting scrutiny of his performances is a part of playing for at the top level.

"As a football player this is normal," Mane told the Liverpool Echo. "People will say 'Yeah he should have passed' (if you don't score) but this is one thing I never mind.

"In football you will find this (criticism) here and it will always be here, but I'm always focused on what I am doing for my team to win games.

"You always have to make decisions and I try to make the best decisions for the team. I'm not thinking about targets or 'he should score' or 'I should score'."

And speaking to the Liverpool official matchday programme, Mane added:

"Always the team is more important than me or any players, and I always celebrate a goal or assist – although people say I always copy my team-mates!

"Of course I love them and I honestly don't mind whoever scores a goal. For me it is about the team, it doesn't matter who scores."