Jurgen Klopp and Roy Keane were literally going to throw punches at each other on Sky Sports after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal with the Reds boss bemused at believing he heard the word ‘sloppy’ used to describe his team’s display.
But upon starting his post-match interview on Monday Night Football, the German questioned as to whether he was correct in hearing Keane moments earlier stating Liverpool’s performance was ‘sloppy’ – and the former Manchester United captain later clarified he said the Reds had ‘sloppy moments’ in what was a tense exchange.
When asked by presenter David Jones what was good about the match, Klopp responded with: ‘Everything. Did I hear right that Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? Did he say that?’
Keane reacted sharply, saying: ‘I thought they gave up one or two opportunities which they’ll be disappointed with.’
A still confused Klopp then said: ‘I’m not sure if I heard it right, maybe he’s talking about another game. It cannot be this game, sorry.
‘That’s an incredible description of this game. It was absolutely exceptional. Nothing was sloppy, absolutely nothing…’
Yet Keane did not back down and attempted to clarify his comments: ‘I think you might have misheard me, I’ve said there were sloppy moments but I think you’ve been outstanding. I’ve been giving the club nothing but praise. I’m not sure you heard me correctly there.’
After the interview was finished, Keane then quipped: ‘Very sensitive, isn’t he? Jesus – imagine if they’d lost!’
Klopp was clearly extremely happy with his side’s performance on Monday night, as they leapfrogged neighbours Everton at the top-end of the Premier League table.