Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp took exception to the ‘sloppy’ comment from Roy Keane on Sky Sports on Monday night.
Speaking after Liverpool’s 3-1 Anfield win over Arsenal, the German coach was asked what he liked by the champions’ display.
Klopp responded: “Everything!” Before asking whether Keane had labelled the performance ‘sloppy’ in parts.
“Did Mr Keane say we had a sloppy performance tonight?” said Klopp.
Interjecting, Keane clarified: “I think they gave up one or two opportunities, but they’d be disappointed with it.”
Klopp replied: “Can you say that this was a sloppy performance tonight?. I’m not sure if I heard it right, but maybe he was speaking about another game as it can’t be this game. Sorry, that’s an incredible description of this game.
“This was absolutely exceptional. Nothing was sloppy, absolutely nothing. From the first second we were dominant against a team in form, 100 per cent in form, and you have to be careful for the counter-attacks.
“Alisson had to make one save, they had two balls in behind that we cannot avoid and you need a goalkeeper for that, but the football we played tonight was exceptional. For this game tonight, there’s nothing bad to say.”
Keane stepped in once more to clarify his remarks: “I said there were sloppy moments, but I said your team were outstanding. I’ve been giving the club nothing but praise so I’m not sure you’ve heard me correctly there.”
Klopp: “I heard the word ‘sloppy’, that’s all, so I imagined you must have watched the wrong game.”
Keane: “You need to watch the rest of it.”
Klopp: “I will watch it back, 100 per cent.”
After the pitch-side interview concluded, Keane then responded to a remark from anchor David Jones, who said: “These managers are sensitive.”
“Very sensitive, isn’t he? Imagine if they’d lost,” replied Keane smiling.
Keane’s ‘sloppy’ comment
Before Klopp had appeared for his post-match interview with the broadcaster, Keane had given his verdict on Liverpool’s third straight Premier League win, where he used the inflammatory ‘sloppy’ word.
“It was a good night for Liverpool. There was never really any doubt. I know they had one or two chances in the second half, but Liverpool were by far the better team,” said Keane.
“We’ll probably give Arsenal a little bit of credit for the fact they stayed in the game. But overall Liverpool certainly deserved the victory.
“…It was a good night’s work for Liverpool, who were by far the better team. There were one or two scares but they deserved the win. They’re like a machine and one of the fittest teams around.
“They like to suffocate teams. It’s never easy to score goals but they managed three tonight, four against Leeds. It got a little bit sloppy at the back but it’s job done.
“Arsenal are always a threat going forward but their issues have always been at the back. The opening goal is soft and would’ve given Arsenal plenty of encouragement.”