Sadio Mane and Mo Salah were removed from the pitch at the same time in Portugal and the Senegalese winger was asked about the decision after the game.
Speaking with BT Sport, our No.10 was asked if the decision for him to be substituted was something that had been pre-planned and he said: “Well, I don’t know this – you’d have to ask the boss!
“As a player, I think, we are Liverpool we have a deep squad and so sometimes it’s important to make changes for the team”.
We’ve seen mixed reactions from several of our attacking players as they were removed from the pitch during any game, the Benfica game was a little different though.
We have such a strong squad now that none of them can complain when they see the likes of Bobby Firmino and Diogo Jota coming on in their place.
We’re lucky to have such a talented squad but also a group of players that now seem humble and aware of everyone’s talents.
You can view Mane’s comments on the substitution (at 1:06) via @btsportfootball on Twitter:
"Quite a few lighters were thrown at me… Maybe it will help them stop smoking – so take the positives." 😅
Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane discuss taking a two-goal lead back to Anfield, with the former making light of some unsavoury scenes…
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 5, 2022