EPL: Klopp explains fight with Arteta during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained his touchline fight with Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta during their Premier League match on Saturday.

Arsenal were thrashed 4-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s side and at some point in the game fight ensued between both benches.

Klopp ended up receiving a yellow card for the referee over the incident and the German admitted that he crossed a line and deserved to be punished.

The two managers had to be physically held back as they screamed and shouted at each other just after the half-hour mark.

Arsenal boss was furious following a tackle from Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu, prompting an angry exchange on the touchline because Liverpool bench did not see anything wrong with the challenge.

Both Klopp and Arteta got cards from Michael Oliver with the Liverpool boss reluctant to pin Liverpool’s improved display on his scuffle.

Asked about the fight, Klopp told Sky Sports afterwards, “It was about the situation that it was absolutely no foul from Sadio but the Arsenal bench went up like it was nearly a red card.

“And I asked what did they want in that situation, because I really cannot get that anymore.

“We had to take Sadio off against Atletico Madrid [in the Champions League] because Atletico went only for that and wanted him to get a yellow card, and then I had to take him off and all these kinds of things, and it’s just not okay.

“The referee did really well in that situation – I deserved a yellow card. It’s no problem at all. But it was really about that thing.

“If it was a harsh challenge we are all like this, but it was nothing, he didn’t even touch him, it was just two players going up in the air. And [Arteta’s reaction] was not okay and that is what I said.”


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