Exclusive: Darren Bent suggests first-team issue has been brewing for months at Liverpool
Darren Bent has suggested there is a problem between Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane that has been bubbling away since the Champions League final last season.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Anfield duo do not look on the same wavelength this season after seeing passes go astray between the pair.
The Senegalese international was left visibly fuming with his Egyptian teammate against Burnley after not being passed to by his attacking counterpart.
Bent suggests that there is some sort of problem between the duo and that it has been brewing for just under four months since the Champions League final.
Bent told Football Insider: “You think think: ‘Hmm, is there something going on between these two?’
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“(Not on the same wavelength) Not one bit. I think it stems from the Champions League final last year, a couple of times Salah shot when he should have passed and there was a bit of confrontation between the two and then obviously it boiled over against Burnley when Mane really wasn’t happy.
“You’d have to say they’re not firing on all cylinders at all. You don’t want things to sit there and to become an issue because people will start to pick up on it. They’re not on the same wavelength, there seems to be a little something there.”
Salah and Mane have featured in all five of Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures this season and have continued their impressive goalscoring form from the 2018/19 campaign with four goals apiece.
The duo shared the Premier League golden boot with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Abuameyang last term with all three scoring 22 goals.