The Reds boss called out the former Manchester United skipper after overhearing him call the Premier League champions “sloppy” during their 3-1 beating of the Londoners at Anfield on Monday.

Keane, speaking on Sky Sports, had been overwhelmingly appreciative of Liverpool’s performance but suggested they would be unhappy with parts of their defending.

That prompted a riposte from Klopp, who gave a stirring backing of his players after they continued their 100% start to the season.

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And when later addressing the disagreement, the Reds boss said: “I was not harsh (on Keane). I came to the mic and I couldn’t see them talking, I only heard them through a speaker.

“I heard ‘sloppy’ something and at that moment I misunderstood it properly. So no problem.

“I just asked, ‘did he say…?’, and obviously he didn’t say it. So it’s all fine. I said I would have seen a different game (if Keane had said Liverpool were sloppy).

“I didn’t see us being sloppy in defending. I saw us in one or two passing situations where we gave the ball away too easily. To outplay Arsenal you need quite an expansive formation using the ball without any pressure on yourself, which can really hurt you.

“But our defending was really good. You cannot defend Arsenal for 90 minutes without them having chances with the quality they have. It’s completely normal that they have chances.

“You need a goalie and a block for that. But in all other moments you need to be creative because they defend well, a 5-4-1 until it develops to a 5-5-0.

“And you know that one ball into the feet of Auba (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) and he is on his bike. That’s really difficult.”