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Roy Keane branded Jurgen Klopp 'sensitive' after an awkward on-air row with the manager following Liverpool's Premier League victory over Arsenal.
Klopp's side came back from a goal down against the Gunners to win 3-1 and maintain their 100% start to the new season.
But there were some nervy moments for the Reds, including Andy Robertson's howler which gifted Alexandre Lacazette his opener, and several occasions when Arsenal appeared to have got in behind only to be caught out by Liverpool's offside trap.
Keane was full of praise for Liverpool in the Sky Sports studio after the game – but the Manchester United legend felt Klopp's wrath after saying the Reds had been "sloppy on one or two occasions".
That remark prompted a rant from Klopp in his on-air interview, with the Liverpool manager passionately insisting his side had been "absolutely exceptional".
Keane is famous for putting the boot in during his punditry, but on this occasion he was left red-faced after a telling-off from the Liverpool manager.
And after being put firmly in his place, Keane said of Klopp: "Very sensitive. Jesus. Imagine if he'd lost…"
When Klopp appeared on screen to be interviewed by the Sky Sports panel, the Reds manager's first remark was to ask: "Did I hear right that Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight?"
Keane replied: "I think they gave up one or two opportunities they would be disappointed with".
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And then Klopp kicked off, blasting: "I am not sure if I heard it right. It must be a different game. It cannot be this game. Sorry.
"That's an incredible description of this game. That was absolutely exceptional.
"Nothing was sloppy. Absolutely nothing. From the first second dominant against a team in form. 100 per cent in form. And we have to be careful like hell against the counter attacks.
"I think 60 per cent of the balls in behind were offside, you have to wait for the flag and that's why it feels not so great, but it was offside.
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"Ali had to make one save. They had two balls in behind, that's three. You need a goalie in these situations. You cannot avoid that.
"Apart from that, the football we played was absolutely exceptional tonight."
To put Keane's earlier "sloppy" comment into context, just prior to Klopp's interview the former United midfielder had been singing Liverpool's praises.
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"They’re like a machine," Keane had said at full-time.
"They’ve got great quality going forward. They’re obviously one of the fittest teams around. They suffocate teams.
"I know Arsenal were encouraging them by playing out from the back but they have loads of goals in them.
"They were sloppy on one or two occasions at the back but job done and a good start to the season for them."
- Jurgen Klopp
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