Klopp’s Liverpool programme notes explain why he was so angry with Keane

Jurgen Klopp launched an impassioned defence of his Liverpool team after Roy Keane labelled them "sloppy" in moments against Arsenal.

The Liverpool boss was clearly delighted with his side's victory over the Gunners, and took exception to criticism coming his way.

The reaction was slightly over the top – although Klopp had missed the start of the Irishman's assessment – given Keane had been largely complimentary to Liverpool.

And it was unlike Klopp, given he is normally happy-go-lucky in the media.

Quite why Klopp was feeling a little "sensitive", as Keane suggested after his outburst, is anyone's guess.

But the Liverpool manager's programme notes ahead of the Arsenal game shed some light on why he took offence to Keane's comment.

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Discussing Mikel Arteta and what he has done at Arsenal, Klopp was incredibly complimentary.

The German pointed out that the Gunners are a real force under the Spaniard, and it seems Klopp wasn't entirely confident going into the game.

"What a superb job Mikel is doing already at Arsenal," Klopp wrote in his matchday programme notes. "It is clear from their performances and results that he has imposed himself and his ideas early.

"The team already has a clear identity and purpose under his leadership. They have also become winners in a short space of time under Mikel, with the FA Cup and Community Shield. Congratulations on both of these – great achievements.

"Arsenal have an exceptional group of players. From back to front, world-class talent. Obviously without supporters in the stadiums you have to feel this positivity via what you hear and see through the media, but it is obvious their club has a bounce about it.

"I think this is great for the Premier League if I'm being honest. From a selfish point of view, not great for us because it is another outstandingly strong team in a competition full of them.

"But Arsenal is a fantastic football club and therefore as a 'football fan' I love to see them in this sort of mood. Hopefully not today, though!"

Liverpool went behind against Arsenal on Monday but battled back through Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota to take home all three points.

Klopp, given how aware he was of the danger Arsenal posed, was clearly over the moon that his team picked up maximum points.

And it's interesting that he referenced this when hitting out at Keane, highlighting Arsenal are "100 per cent in form" at the moment.

Klopp said on Sky Sports: "Did I hear right, Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? I could hear you already, did he say that?"

"This was a sloppy performance tonight? I'm not sure if I heard it right. He may be talking about another game because it cannot be this game. Sorry.

"That's an incredible description of this game, this was absolutely exceptional. Nothing was sloppy. Absolutely nothing.

"From the first second dominant against a team in form, 100 per cent in form. You have to be careful like hell and not get hit by the counter attacks.

"I think 60/70 per cent of all the balls in behind were offside, you just wait a little bit longer for the flag meanwhile, so that's why it feels not great but it was offside.

"Ali had to make one save, there were two balls in behind, you can't avoid that, you need a goal in these situations.

"Apart from that, the football we played was absolutely exceptional tonight. So it doesn't help for any other game. Not for Thursday, not for Sunday. Not for nothing."

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