Arsene Wenger admitted he felt compelled to tell Jurgen Klopp to calm down during last night’s 3-3 draw at Anfield to prevent the Liverpool coach being punished by the referee for his madcap enthusiasm on the touchline.
The Frenchman was seen in animated conversation with his German peer during the second half although both men stressed after the game that it was all good natured. Klopp, clearly frustrated by a failure of the assistant referee to award a throw on, vented his anger at the fourth official.
“I told him just calm down,” Wenger said afterwards. “At Liverpool it is very tight, you are very close to each other. He had a little problem with the fourth official, he can explain better than I. It was all right. There was no bad feeling.”
“At Liverpool it is very tight, you are very close to each other. He had a little problem with the fourth official, he can explain better than I. It was all right. There was no bad feeling.”
In turn, Klopp gave his account: “I told Arsène why I was a little bit emotional. It was a clear throw-in for us in a good moment, a good phase. I said what I said, he [the fourth official] said what he said. Obviously it was too much and he told the referee. But I had nothing with Arsène Wenger, no problems.”
Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey says he’s feeling full of confidence in front of goal after netting his fourth strike in nine games.
The Welshman applied a neat low finish at Simon Mignolet’s near post to cancel Roberto Firmino’s opener after ghosting on to a fine Joel Campbell through ball.
“I am feeling confident,” he told Arsenal Player. “It was a good ball from Joel [Campbell] again, so I was delighted with that goal.
“I know my team-mates have the ability to pick my runs out and give that final ball for me [So I] can get on to it.
“We are gutted to concede in the last minute but these things happen,” he continued.
“We did well to get back to level terms and then take the lead but it is just disappointing to concede right at the end. It is not an easy place to come but we will take the positives from it and move on.
“We have a tough game coming up against Stoke – we haven’t found it easy the last few times we have been there but we will be looking to get back to winning ways and get back on another run.”