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Sloppy? Klopp tackles Keane over Liverpool criticism

London (AFP) – Manchester United great Roy Keane rarely came off second best in a tackle but the outspoken TV pundit was forced to backtrack after Jurgen Klopp took him to task for labelling Liverpool “sloppy” following Monday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.

Klopp jumped on Keane’s observation after his team’s victory, which maintained the champions’ 100 percent record after three games.

“Did I hear right? Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? Did he say that?” said Klopp.

Former United and Republic of Ireland captain Keane did not address the question directly. 

“I think they gave up one or two opportunities, which he will be disappointed with,” said the 49-year-old.

Klopp, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 and their first Premier League title last season, pressed on.

“Did he say that it was sloppy? I want to hear it,” said the 53-year-old German. “I am not sure I heard it right and maybe he was speaking about another game.

“It cannot be this game. Sorry, that is an incredible description of this game.”

Klopp described his team’s performance against in-form Arsenal as “exceptional”.

“This game tonight — there is nothing bad to say,” said Klopp. “It was the opposite of sloppy.”

Keane, unusually for him, sought to calm the situation.

“You might have misheard me,” he said. “There were sloppy moments but I think you have been outstanding and I have been giving the club nothing but praise.

“I am not sure you heard me correctly, you need to hear the rest of it.”

Klopp laughed and said: “I will, 100 percent.”

Keane, though, had the last laugh after the Liverpool boss had left the interview.

“Very sensitive, isn’t he? Imagine if he’d lost.”

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  1. Roberto

    September 29, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Why does anyone listen to Roy Keane. He was a dirty player and a generally nasty person.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 29, 2020 at 9:15 am

      Personally speaking, I have a lot of time for Roy Keane. He calls it the way he sees it as an analyst. He isn’t perfect, but he will say the hard things that some of the other analysts won’t say. He’s a breath of fresh air.

      As a player, he was aggressive and had a temper that was out of control. But when he played within the rules at Manchester United, he was unstoppable and one of the most iconic captains the club ever had during their most successful period of their club history.

      If you get a chance to watch a short documentary about Keane, which shows a different side to the player, I highly recommend ‘Rockmount.’

      • alex

        September 30, 2020 at 10:21 am

        Keane is a breath of fresh air?
        you gotta be kidding me
        Roy Keane was nothing but a dirty manc under the orders of Fergie,
        Just Haaland

        • Christopher Harris

          September 30, 2020 at 10:57 am

          Which soccer analyst do you rate instead of Keane?

        • Jon

          October 6, 2020 at 4:15 am

          I’ve wondered if the Alf-Inge Haaland/Keane bitterness is part of the reason Erling didn’t sign with Man U. They would be tremendous in attack with him pouring in goals from the front.
          Roy Keane does deliver the hard truth sometimes but his observations aren’t as acute as Gary Neville’s. Either one is better than Robbie Savage or Lawro, who actually make my head hurt from trying to make sense of what they’re saying.

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