Jurgen Klopp argues with Manchester United legend Roy Keane after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal


Jurgen Klopp hit back at Roy Keane after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal (Pictures: Sky Sports)

Jurgen Klopp shared a frosty exchange with Manchester United legend Roy Keane after Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

The Premier League champions found themselves behind at Anfield on Monday night after Alexandre Lacazette took advantage of a rare Andy Robertson mistake to score his third goal of the season.

Sadio Mane levelled for Liverpool just three minutes later, however, and Robertson made amends for his error to give the hosts the lead before half-time.

Arsenal remained in the match during an intriguing second period but were left to rue a missed chance from Lacazette when new Liverpool signing Diogo Jota put the game to bed late on.

Following the Anfield clash, Keane hailed Liverpool’s performances and described Klopp’s side as a ‘winning machine’.

However, the former Manchester United captain suggested there was still room for improvement from the champions, who he said were ‘sloppy’ defensively.

Responding to Keane’s comments, Liverpool boss Klopp told Sky Sports: ‘Did I hear right Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance, did he say that?

‘Did he say that is was sloppy? I want to hear it, that is an incredible description of this game.

‘Nothing, absolutely nothing was sloppy. dominant against a team in form and be careful as hell that we did not get caught on the counter-attack.

‘Alisson had to make one save, they had two chances in behind but apart from that the football we played was exceptional tonight.

‘This game tonight there is nothing bad to say, it was the opposite of sloppy.’

Following Klopp’s outburst, Keane said: ‘Very sensitive. Jesus. Imagine if he’d have lost..’

Klopp added following his team’s victory: ‘I’m completely happy with our performance. We played good football, we were flexible – we mixed it up.

‘We reacted quickly to their goal and scored a top goal. We dominated the second half.

‘Most of their situations were offside. It feels like a few times… but nobody looks at the flag anymore. We did it and deserved the three points.’

Klopp also praised Jota, who Liverpool signed from Premier League rivals Wolves earlier in the month, after his goal settled the affair.

‘I’m really pleased for Diogo Jota,’ Klopp said.

‘Top, top guy. It’s so difficult to improve a team like ours. He’s been on my list for two or three years, he’s here now.’

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