Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down what appeared to be a touchline confrontation with Arsene Wenger during Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal, explaining it was down to a questionable decision from the officials that caused some frustration.
Klopp was seen fuming away on the touchline on a number of occasions during the thrilling encounter that saw Liverpool take the lead twice, only for Arsenal to equalize and take the lead themselves heading into 90 minutes. Joe Allen tied things up at the death, sharing the spoils in what was another ferocious encounter between the two Premier League heavyweights.
The former Borussia Dortmund was caught on television camera having a heated discussion with his French counterpart, and revealed after the match (via Espn FC): “I told Arsene why I was a little bit emotional. It was a clear throw-in for us in a good moment, a good phase. I said what I said, he [the fourth official] said what he said.
“Obviously it was too much and he told the referee, but I had nothing with Arsene Wenger, no problems.”
Klopp is clearly an emotional man, celebrating like a wild man for each of the Reds goals, while Wenger was a little more composed throughout the encounter that saw them drop two valuable points in the title race at the last.
The Gunners boss had advised Klopp to “calm down” when the Liverpool manager confronted the fourth official, otherwise the German faced being sent to the stands.
“I told him to calm down as they will send you into the stand here because at Liverpool you are very close to each other,” Wenger said (via Espn FC).
“He will explain that better to you than I would as I don’t really know why. I think it was for a throw in. There was no bad feelings at all.”
The heat of the moment certainly got to Klopp on a number of occasions, and he would’ve physically ripped his hair out should Allen had missed his well placed goal in stoppage time – that would’ve been a sight to see. But what was more frustrating, was seeing the Gunners drop points at a time when Manchester City drew and Leicester made up some ground.
The Brittania beckons this weekend however and a chance to continue Arsenal’s surge towards the Premier League title against the in-form Potters.