Klopp sorry for reaction to Liverpool’s equaliser

Date published: Saturday 23rd December 2017 8:40

Jurgen Klopp admitted he should not have thrown a water bottle when Liverpool salvaged a 3-3 Premier League draw at Arsenal.

The Reds boss slammed a water bottle into the ground when Roberto Firmino levelled, in a match where the visitors had earlier squandered a 2-0 lead.

Presumably you’ve already read Daniel Storey’s 16 conclusions on a game in which Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil all struck for Arsenal in five second-half minutes, after Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah had earlier put Liverpool in control.

“I react sometimes in a bit of a strange way,” said Klopp, of his reaction to Firmino’s goal.

“I apologised to the people around me straight away.

“I threw a bottle on the ground. Nothing serious happened, but still it wasn’t good.

“I was not happy in that moment, but I really thought that was at least the minimum of what we deserved.

“We of course deserved to win, we had more chances.

“But to lose three goals in five minutes, it’s an obvious problem.

“The result is not what we wanted. And the five minutes were very decisive tonight.”

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was at fault for Xhaka’s goal, flapping at a shot he ought to have saved comfortably.

Klopp remained phlegmatic about the mistake, insisting Liverpool should still have secured victory.

“Simon Mignolet saves these balls 99.9 per cent of his full career, but not tonight,” said Klopp.

“Those five minutes can be enough to learn from. We have to learn from this. We should have scored another goal.

“That’s a big compliment for us coming here, creating these kinds of chances, that’s not easy as well.

“If there were to be a winner tonight, it should have been Liverpool.”

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