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28th Sep 2020

Jurgen Klopp calls out Roy Keane for “sloppy” comment

Simon Lloyd

Three games, three wins…

Liverpool continued their perfect start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield on Monday night.

Despite falling behind to an Alexandre Lacazette opener in the first half, goals from Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson put Jurgen Klopp’s side in front before half-time, before new signing Diogo Jota made certain of the points minutes before the full-time.

Though Liverpool were dominant throughout, Roy Keane, on punditry duty for Sky Sports, commented that there had been “sloppy” moments in the champions’ performance during his post match analysis.

Unbeknown to the former Manchester United captain, Klopp, preparing to speak to Monday Night Football host David Jones, heard the comment and soon asked Keane for clarity, despite the Corkman having wholeheartedly praised almost all aspects of Liverpool’s perforance.

“Did Mr Keane say it was a sloppy performance? Maybe he is speaking about another game.”

Keane attempted to explain that he had been overwhelmingly positive about Liverpool’s performance, while adding that they had been sloppy in giving away one or two chances away.

“I’m not sure if I heard it right,” Klopp added. “Maybe it was about another game. It cannot be about this game.

“Sorry, but that’s an incredible description of this game. It was absolutely exceptional. Nothing was sloppy. Noting. It was, from the first second, dominant – a team in form.”

Keane stressed that Klopp had not heard him correctly, insisting the Liverpool manager needed to hear his comments in full.

“I will watch it, 100 per cent,” Klopp promised.


In true style, Keane didn’t let him have the final word.

Liverpool’s next league game sees them visit Aston Villa, who defeated Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier on Monday – enough to prompt one bookmaker to pay out on Scott Parker’s side being relegated by the end of the campaign.

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