Liverpool cruised past Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night. It was a nearly faultless performance from the Red men against an in form North London side. After the games there was a tense exchange between a Sky Sports pundit and the Liverpool boss. Jürgen Klopp shutting down Roy Keane exemplified the gaffer’s leadership qualities.
Waltz to victory
Arsenal took the lead at Anfield in surprising fashion. The visitors were handed the goal when Andy Robbo forgot which way he was kicking, the strike was pretty much the Gunner’s first serious foray forward.
The Reds answered quickly with Sadio Mane tapping home minutes later after Mo Salah sent Kieran Tierney for a hot dog.
Andy Robbo, shortly after, remember which way he was kicking and lifted the ball over Bernd Leno to put the hosts in front, a delightful cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold setting up the chance.
Diogo Jota completed the scoring with a Premier League debut goal moments from the end.
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Klopp and Keane
Speaking after the game Roy Keane told Sky Sports he thought the hosts were ‘sloppy’ at times.
When Jürgen Klopp was interviewed he clapped back at Roy Keane, saying, “Did I hear right, Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? Did he say that?”
“I think [Liverpool] gave up one or two opportunities which [Klopp] will be disappointed with.” Keane replied.
The Reds’ boss went on defiantly. “Did he say that it was sloppy? I want to hear it. I am not sure I heard it right and maybe he was speaking about another game. It cannot be this game. Sorry, that is an incredible description of this game.”
“That was absolutely exceptional. Nothing, absolutely nothing was sloppy. Dominant against a team 100% in form and be careful as hell that we did not get caught on the counter-attack.
“Alisson had to make one save, they had two chances in behind but apart from that the football we played was exceptional tonight. This game tonight – there is nothing bad to say. It was the opposite of sloppy.”
Klopp leader against Keane
Jürgen Klopp showed in his contest with Roy Keane just why so many revere the German as an elite leader of a coach.
The gaffer stuck up for his lads after they just played their hearts out and he was right to do so.
The lads had just put in a shift and a half to brush Arsenal aside, those results don’t come easily and they didn’t deserve to be labelled as sloppy after such a performance.
Of course, as a Kopite it was also just delightful to watch Keane put in his place for once. He is still a great pundit and an entertaining one at that but wow it was a fun watch.