Klopp takes issue with Keane’s ‘sloppy’ Liverpool talk

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed suggestions his side had sent out a statement with their 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield.

Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota, on his home debut, all scored after Alexandre Lacazette had been gifted the opener following a Robertson error to make it 61 home league matches unbeaten – just two short of the club record set between 1978-81.

You can read 16 Conclusions about the game here.

Jota’s late strike made it 400 goals in 185 league matches for Klopp, faster than any other Liverpool manager, and they should have probably had more.

“We don’t make statements – in press conferences from time to time I have to do it because you ask questions,” said Klopp.

“We have to improve. We have to become consistent. So far we have played quite well but that’s all.

“It was good, a really good game, I pretty much loved each second – I didn’t like the goal we conceded but the reaction I liked a lot.

“Against a top team in form, playing like we did tonight, it is really something to be honest.

“We were dominant, played good football, were difficult to defend against, played some really good stuff.

“Arsenal had not too many but some chances because they have real quality, I think most of their chances were offside but Ali (Alisson Becker) made a save any way.

“It was a really good performance.”

Klopp took issue with Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane saying Liverpool had been sloppy at times as he waited to be interviewed at the side of the Anfield pitch.

“Did I hear right that Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? Did he say that? This was a sloppy performance tonight? Maybe he spoke about another game. It cannot be this game, sorry,” said Klopp.

“That’s an incredible description of this game. This was absolutely exceptional. Nothing was sloppy, absolutely nothing. It was, from the first second, dominant against a team in form, 100 per cent in form.”

Keane responded: “I think you might have misheard me. I said there were sloppy moments but I think you have been outstanding.”