After Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Monday, Jurgen Klopp proved himself to be braver than most, calling out Roy Keane after taking issue with one of the pundit’s remarks.
Former Manchester United midfielder Keane indicated that Klopp may have been disappointed with one or two of his team’s defensive moments.
Andy Robertson’s bad mistake allowed Alexandre Lacazette to open the scoring against the run of play, but through Sadio Mane, Robertson, and new boy Diogo Jota, Liverpool hit back.
Keane said on Sky Sports, “They’re like a machine.” They’ve got great consistency moving forward. They’re one of the fittest teams around. They suffocate teams. I know that by playing out from the back, Arsenal inspired them, but they have tonnes of goals in them.
“On one or two occasions, they were rusty at the back, but work was done and they had a strong start to the season.”
However, that last statement provoked a spiky Klopp response.
“Did I hear correctly that Mr. Keane said tonight was a sloppy performance?” he asked. “I could already hear you, did he say that?”
“Keane responded,” I think they have given up one or two options that they’re going to be disappointed with.
With this reaction, Klopp was not pleased.
He said, “I just wanted to hear it.” I’m not sure I understood it right, he may have been talking about another game … this game can’t be, sorry! That’s an insane summary of the game, which was completely odd. There was nothing messy, absolutely nothing.”
“We have been dominant against a team in form from the first second on, 100% in form. Like hell, you have to be vigilant to not get counter-attacked. 60 or 70 percent of all the balls in the back was offside, I guess. Now you’ve got to wait a bit longer for a flag, so that’s why it doesn’t feel fantastic, but it was offside.”