Klopp forces Keane to backtrack over 'sloppy' Liverpool criticism in awkward row on Sky Sports
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp blasted Roy Keane live on air after the Irishman called Liverpool's 3-1 win at home to Arsenal 'sloppy'.
The German was left stunned when giving the post-match interview, and wanted to double-check if what he heard was true.
Klopp said: "Did he [Keane] say we had a sloppy performance tonight?
"He must have been watching a different game. Nothing was sloppy. This game was exceptional.
"The football we played was absolutely exceptional."
Goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota, on debut, saw the champions coast to a 3-1 victory.
Alexandre Lacazette netted what proved to be a consolation for Arsenal who lost their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
After being called out by Klopp, former Manchester United hardman Keane attempted to clarify his wording.
He responded: "I said there were sloppy moments, but I think you have been outstanding, I've been giving the club nothing but praise.
"I'm not sure you've heard me correctly."
Keane then told Klopp to 'hear the rest of it', before the Reds boss said he 'will 100 per cent'.
After Klopp walked back to the dressing room, Keane uttered: "Jesus. very sensitive, imagine if he'd lost."
Keane was then asked if Liverpool will win title by Sky Sports host David Jones.
He replied: "Yep. I have to say that after Klopp had a go at me, I'm afraid to say anything."
Unsurprisingly the exchange was the talk of social media.
Many football fans wrote how Keane had got Klopp 'rattled'.
Chris Faers was not impressed with how Klopp handled it, writing on Twitter: "Am I the only one slightly going off Jurgen Klopp?
"I mean you can’t even given the slightest criticism with him jumping down your throat.
"Your team is awesome; relax a little."
Another pointed out that Robertson's error that allowed Lacazette to score was indeed 'sloppy'.
And Patrick Sandgren was clearly Team Keane, writing: "Maybe Klopp should learn to listen first before he opens his mouth.
"Keane praised Liverpool's performance, just that they had a bit sloppy moments."
But Liverpool fans were delighted to see their manager stand up to the Manchester United legend.
Many wrote how Klopp had 'killed Keane there', while others were proud to call him 'my manager'.
One Arsenal fan even wrote: "Klopp spoke nothing but facts there."
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