Premier League

Jurgen Klopp explains touchline row with Mikel Arteta in Liverpool's win over Arsenal

Arjun Singh Devgan
Liverpool won the game 4-0
Liverpool won the game 4-0 /

Jurgen Klopp has discussed he and Mikel Arteta's heated exchange on the touchline during Liverpool's crushing 4-0 win over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

The incident occurred after Mikel Arteta was left outraged by a supposedly heavy challenge from Sadio Mane on full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Arteta's outburst at both the referee and Mane led to Jurgen Klopp shouting down the Anfield touchline at his opposite number - then the handbags ensued. Arteta and Klopp made their way toward each other and had to be held back by coaches and officials while they furiously berated one another. Both were booked for their actions.

In his post match interview, Jurgen Klopp has explained (via the Daily Star) has explained the incident:

"It wasn't the plan - the situation was that Sadio [Mane] goes for a clean heading challenge, no one makes a foul and they get up and for me it's a bit too obvious that there was nothing.

"He is just a physical player - you can't do that, it happens too often and it's not right.