Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he told Liverpool rival Jurgen Klopp to “calm down” during the 3-3 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The visitors had led 3-2 heading into injury time, but Joe Allen’s dramatic equaliser ensured that the two sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.
While Arsenal remain top of the Premier League table alongside Leicester City, Wenger would have been disappointed not to see his side hold on to their lead having come from behind twice in the game.
However, the Frenchman revealed that he had to warn his opposite number to be careful that he wasn’t sent off from the touchline as he cut an animated figure throughout.
“I told him ‘calm down because they will send you into the stands here'”, said Wenger with a grin, as reported by Sky Sports. “At Liverpool, it is very tight – you are very close to each other.
“He had a little problem with the fourth official that he will explain much better than I can because I don’t know why. It was alright, there was no bad feelings at all.”
With Manchester City being held to a draw by Everton, the Gunners missed an opportunity to open up a five-point gap over their title rivals, while as mentioned above, Leicester were able to close the gap.
Nevertheless, Wenger will have been pleased with the overall attitude and resolve that his side showed to fight back twice, as he also continues to enjoy a good relationship with Klopp with both men speaking highly of each other in the past.