Rio Ferdinand pinpoints the ‘naive’ Mikel Arteta moment Arsenal boss needs to learn from


Rio Ferdinand has described Mikel Arteta’s bust-up with Jurgen Klopp on Saturday evening as “naive” from the Arsenal manager.

The Gunners boss was furious with Sadio Mane after he collided with Takehiro Tomiyasu in the first-half of his side’s 4-0 defeat to the Reds at Anfield over the weekend.

Arteta‘s reaction triggered Klopp, who then acted angrily on the touchline, before the two managers were being held back by the people around them, who were desperate to stop the confrontation.

The match was goalless at the time and there is no doubting that the bust-up on the touchline sparked the home supporters at Anfield, who were noticeably louder after the incident.

Liverpool opened the scoring not too long after, ironically through Mane, who headed past Aaron Ramsdale to make it 1-0 to the hosts at half-time.

The Reds went on to score three more after the break, with Arsenal failing to find the back of the net throughout the 90 minutes – with the home side coming out as 4-0 victors.

Ferdinand, when speaking about the match at Anfield, thinks what Arteta did was “naive”, but gave the Arsenal boss the “benefit of the doubt” due to his inexperience of managing at the top level.

“They turned the screw after Arteta and Klopp’s spat on the touchline that Arteta started. That was naive for me. At Anfield, you don’t want to be gassing up that crowd and whipping them up,” Ferdinand told his YouTube channel.



Mikel Arteta on the touchline at Anfield
Mikel Arteta on the touchline at Anfield

“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because he is a young manager so I think he will learn from that.”

Klopp, when speaking to Sky Sports after the game, opened up on the heated incident and admitted that he was just trying to protect Mane, who the Liverpool boss felt was being targeted a lot recently.

“It was a completely clean situation. Two players jumped in the air and the bench of Arsenal is going for whatever and I just asked: ‘What do you want for that?’,” Klopp said.

“I am really sick of these situations. Everyone goes for Sadio. It was about the situation that is was no foul from Sadio, 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 okay and that is what I said. It just happened in the moment.”

Arteta was also pressed on the bust-up, but played the situation down, saying: “He was just trying to defend his side, I was trying to defend mine. I think the atmosphere was incredible from the beginning. That was it.”





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