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Klopp & Arteta explain fiery bust-up in Liverpool-Arsenal clash

Jurgen Klopp, Mikel Arteta
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The Liverpool and Arsenal managers had a falling out after a challenge between Sadio Mane and Takehiro Tomiyasu.


Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta have explained the reason behind their angry altercation.

The two coaches fell out during the first half of Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday. The referee, Michael Oliver, gave them both yellow cards.

What triggered the incident was when Sadio Mane caught Takehiro Tomiyasu with his elbow as the pair competed for a header, prompting the Arsenal bench to urge the referee to book the Liverpool star.


Klopp explains what happened

“With the situation, Sadio didn’t touch the player,” the Liverpool boss told talkSPORT. “Then they go up and ask for a yellow card. It happens against Sadio so often. It happened against Real Madrid last year and he couldn’t do anything because the ref was on him saying ‘one more thing and your off’.

“For an offensive player, he’s not a hard player or crazier tackler. For Atletico here [at Anfield], we had to take him off at halftime because they tried to decrease our number here.


“I just asked: ‘What do you want in that situation? To show yellow cards for no contact, otherwise it would be a crazy game.”

What did Arteta say?

In a press conference at Anfield, the Gunners said: “He tried to defend his side and I tried to defend mine.”

“That stays on the pitch, that’s it and we shook hands after.”