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Klopp explains why Arsenal ‘should have lost’ to Liverpool in ‘wild game’ before addressing bizarre Robertson incident

Jurgen Klopp after a Liverpool match

Jurgen Klopp claimed that Liverpool should have beaten Arsenal after their pulsating 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday, while also acknowledging a controversial incident involving Andy Robertson.

Liverpool fell behind in the eighth minute when Gabriel Martinelli prodded the ball over the line. Arsenal went on to double their lead courtesy of a Gabriel Jesus header 20 minutes later.

A fightback began by Klopp’s men just before half time when Mohamed Salah halved the deficit. However, in the second half, the same player went on to miss a penalty.

The equaliser did come, though, when Roberto Firmino directed in a header in the last few minutes of normal time after a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross.

There were even a couple of chances for a winner in stoppage time, but Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale sensationally kept Liverpool at bay.

With that in mind, for Klopp, Liverpool should have ended up as the winners.

Klopp told Sky Sports: “A bit typical for us this season. An open game, completely open, they score with the first situation and the second one.

“Our reaction was good. It was a spectacular game in the end. How we didn’t win it with those late chances I don’t know.

“I’m caught in between [being happy and not]. I have no problems with drawing. Arsenal were good but they could and should have lost this game. The point for them is better.

“We had moments and chances where we didn’t finish the situations off. Slightly typical. They’re flying so they score with their first chance. The goal we scored helped massively.

“At half-time it wasn’t over. It was a sensational atmosphere. Good moment to get the equaliser.

“All of a sudden we were in charge of a wild game. We deserved at least a point. If Ibou [Konate] uses his head [for a late chance] it’s a goal. Maybe he slipped. He had a chance, it was just there.”

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Klopp responds to Robertson incident

The game was marred by an incident at half time when Andy Robertson accused the assistant referee of elbowing him.

Asked for his thoughts, Klopp replied: “Nothing. I know it happened but I didn’t watch it. If it happened the pictures will speak for themselves.”

The PGMOL has released a statement confirming it will investigate the incident involving linesman Constantine Hatzidakis.

Liverpool’s next match will be against Leeds United away on Monday April 17.