The Spaniard was incensed after a Thirtieth-minute clash between Takehiro Tomiyasu and Sadio Mane left the Arsenal defender on the turf, with Arteta’s assistant coaches having to bodily restrain him as he tried to confront Klopp. “He (Klopp) was trying to defend his side, I was trying to defend mine and that’s it,” Arteta instructed reporters after the match. “For me, all these incidents keep there (on the pitch), they’re a part of … the way in which we wish to compete. “It was just an action (by Mane) and I try to defend my players and that’s what I did.”
Both Klopp and Arteta had been proven a yellow card for the incident, with the Liverpool boss suggesting he was upset with Arsenal apparently attempting to get Mane booked, however insisted the clash was “nothing.” “We had to take Sadio off against Atletico Madrid because Atletico only went for that,” he stated. “To get him a yellow card and I have to take him off and … it’s just not okay.” The defeat ended Arsenal’s 10-game unbeaten run, however West Ham’s defeat at Wolves means the Gunners stay simply three factors outdoors of the Champions League spots. Victory strikes Liverpool again to inside 4 factors of Premier League chief Chelsea following the shock defeat to West Ham prior to the worldwide break.
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