Arsene Wenger has revealed that he had advised Jurgen Klopp to calm down on the touchline because otherwise he would be sent to the stands for inappropriate behaviour. The former Borussia Dortmund manager was incensed that the referee had awarded Arsenal a throw -in, which should have been given the other way.
The Frenchman has had his altercations with referees over the years and is well versed with the tolerance level of officials, exceeding which can lead to major sanctions. Both teams put in a brilliant performance on the day, culminating in a 3-3 draw, where the Gunners came back from being a goal down on two occasions in the first half. The second half saw the north London club show more restraint and play on the counter, with Oliver Giroud scoring the third goal in the 56th minute.
However, Joe Allen scored the equaliser in the last minute of normal time to share the spoils, as the Gunners kept their position on top of the league table, albeit on goal difference. Klopp cut a happy figure after the game but Wenger explained the situation could have been much worse if the German had continued his indiscretions on the touchline.
"I told him to calm down as they will send you into the stand here because at Liverpool you are very close to each other. He will explain that better to you than I would as I don't really know why. I think it was for a throw-in. There was no bad feelings at all," Wenger told Arsenal's official website when asked about his conversation with Klopp.
The Gunners have yet another away game coming up in the weekend against Stoke City, where they have failed to register a single win since 2010. Alexis Sanchez is likely to be back for the game, with Stoke having problems of their own, especially with Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic suffering from hamstring problems.