Klopp explains heated row with Arteta

English Premier League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up about the heated argument he had with Mikel Arteta during his side's big win over Arsenal.

The Reds got back on the winning trail in the Premier League with a 4-0 thrashing of the Gunners on Saturday evening at Anfield.

There was an foul midway through the first half that led to a heated exchange between Klopp and the Arsenal tactician.

"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 said to BBC Match of the Day.

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"He's just a physical player – you can't do that, it happens too often and it's not right. When they rise up from the bench it's difficult to not get up and say something.

"It was about the situation that it was no foul from Sadio [Mane] but the Arsenal bench went up like it was a red card. I asked what they want in that situation.

"We had to take Sadio off against Atletico [Madrid in the Champions League] because they wanted him to get a yellow card. The referee did really well in that situation – I deserved a yellow card. It was not OK and that is what I said. It just happened in the moment.

"If it was a harsh challenge we are all like this, but it was nothing, he didn't even touch him, it was just two players going up in the air. And [Arteta's reaction] was not okay and that is what I said."

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