Arteta explains confrontation with Klopp at Anfield


Kitchen Klopp and Mikel Arteta exchanging words during Saturday’s game

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has played down speculation of any fight between him and Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp.

He and the Liverpool manager had a heated confrontation during their Saturday game where both coaches had to be held apart from each other.

It began after Arteta got furious after a tackle from Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Both coaches exchanged words while they were being held back.

The referee had to show them a yellow card 15 minutes before half time.

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When he was asked about the fight, Arteta said at his post-match press conference afterwards, “He (Klopp) was trying to defend his side, I was trying to defend mine, and that’s it.

“I think the atmosphere was incredible right from the beginning.

“It was just an action (by Mane), and I tried to defend my players and that’s what I did.”

Arsenal were put to the sword by a superior Liverpool 4-0 as the Londoners continue to struggle to earn a place in the top four.

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