Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made a ‘schoolboy error’ by picking a fight with Jurgen Klopp against Liverpool, according to journalist James Pearce.
The Lowdown: Liverpool destroy Arsenal
The Reds romped to a 4-0 win against the Gunners on Saturday evening as they highlighted the current gulf between the two teams.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a header, before Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino all found the net in the second half.
The game sparked into life when Arteta and Klopp exchanged angry words on the touchline at 0-0, with the incident seemingly giving Liverpool an extra spring in their step.
The Latest: Pearce critical of Arteta over Klopp row
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic after the match, Pearce claimed it was naive behaviour from the Arsenal boss, given how it energised the Liverpool supporters inside Anfield
The journalist said of the Spaniard’s involvement in the incident: “Such a schoolboy error. For half an hour Arsenal really frustrated Liverpool. They were well drilled and denied them space. But Arteta’s touchline antics ignited the atmosphere and Klopp’s players seemed to be energised by that noise from the stands.”
The Verdict: Undoubted turning point
Up until Arteta lost his head, the game was 0-0 and Liverpool were actually looking fairly clueless, failing to create chances of note. The Spaniard’s antics allowed the crowd to get involved, though, and it genuinely felt as though the entire feel of the match changed from that moment on.
It was reminiscent of Frank Lampard taking on Klopp back in 2019/20, with his behaviour having a similar impact on the Reds as they beat Chelsea 5-3 on the night that the Merseysiders held the Premier League trophy aloft.
As Pearce said, Arsenal were frustrating Liverpool up until the touchline row, and Arteta may well look back at that moment as an unwanted turning point from his perspective.
In other news, some Liverpool fans think Klopp has hinted about his Reds future. Read more here.
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