Mane's fury shows Liverpool's desire, says Henderson

LONDON: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists Sadio Mane touchline rant on Burnley showed the desire of his team to win the Premier league .

Mane launched into a furious rant after being substituted during Liverpool's 3-0 win on Saturday.

Apparently, the end of Senegal was upset that Mohamed Salah had not happened moments before.

Mane passed the Reds boss, Jurgen Klopp, and had to be comforted by teammates Henderson, James Milner and Roberto Firmino at the bank.

Klopp said everything had softened after Salah's last incident that he chose to shoot instead of moving to a better-placed colleague.

Henderson, however, said he was pleased to see the rant from the usually mild-mannered Mane because it underlined the passion in the Liverpool team.

I've seen it once in a while (from him). Sadio is fine, he's a great boy, Henderson said.

We're just pushing ourselves all the time. I think it's important. We all want to improve, we all want to improve, but we are very close and I think we can deal with that.

I'm not sure (what triggered it) to be honest. At first I could not understand it, but when he entered, he was laughing and joking.

The most important thing was that we got the result, Sadio knows. He performed very well again.

We want to press each other. We want to improve all the time, I like that a lot from time to time. I think we need it.

For the first time in their history Liverpool have won their first four league matches in successive seasons.

After narrowly being pipped to the title by Manchester City last season, Liverpool are in good shape heading into the international break.

But Henderson insisted that the players did not consider that the standards they are setting are sending a 'catch us if you can' message to their rivals.

We are not configuring them for anyone else, we are configuring them for ourselves. That is what we want to do, he added.

"We want to win every week, we want to perform every week and that's difficult because there are so many good sides in the Premier league and in Europe. It's really hard.

Again for us, it is one game per game. We face different tests every week and it is about giving everything every time we go to the soccer field and see where we are at the end of the season.

For me it's just about concentrating on what we need to do. We have been very mature in our performances, especially away from home.

We want to continue that way, keep doing the right things, keep working hard as a team. If we do that, we can perform performances like that.