Jurgen Klopp and Roy Keane have engaged in an awkward row on live TV after the United legend said parts of Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Arsenal on Tuesday morning (AEST) were “sloppy”.
The Premier League champions briefly trailed the visitors and had some nervy moments while leading 2-1 in the second half before new signing Diogo Jota sealed the win in the 88th minute.
Keane praised Liverpool for the win but claimed that the team’s defending has been “sloppy” at times this season.
Klopp — who had been mic’d up to be interviewed by the Sky Sports panel — overheard part of the analysis and was left bemused.
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“Did I hear right, Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? I could hear you already, did he say that?” Klopp said.
“He may be talking about another game because it cannot be this game. Sorry.
“That’s an incredible description of this game, this was absolutely exceptional. Nothing was sloppy. Absolutely nothing.”
Klopp defended his side further, saying it was wary of Arsenal’s threat on the counter-attack, and that “60-70 per cent” of balls that found players behind the backline were eventually ruled offside.
“(Goalkeeper) Alisson had to make one save, there were two balls in behind, you can’t avoid that, you need a goal in these situations,” he said.
“Apart from that, the football we played was absolutely exceptional tonight.”
Keane was taken aback by the rant and told Klopp he must have been “misheard”.
He added: “I said there were sloppy moments but I think you have been outstanding, I have been giving the club nothing but praise. So I’m not sure you heard me correctly there.”
Once the interview was completed, Keane said: “Jesus. Very sensitive, imagine if he’d lost!”