Jurgen Klopp and Roy Keane were dramatically at loggerheads on Sky Sports after Liverpool's victory over Arsenal with the Reds boss bemused at believing he heard the word 'sloppy' used to describe his team's display.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota sealed all three points for the hosts at Anfield after Alexandre Lacazette's early strike, as Klopp's side maintained their 100 per cent win-record this season.
But upon starting his post-match interview on Monday Night Football, the German questioned as to whether he was correct in hearing Keane moments earlier stating Liverpool's performance was 'sloppy' - and the former Manchester United captain later clarified he said the Reds had 'sloppy moments' in what was a tense exchange.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left stunned at the beginning of his post-match interview
Klopp believed he heard Roy Keane used the word 'sloppy' to describe his side's performance
When asked by presenter David Jones what was good about the match, Klopp responded with: ‘Everything. Did I hear right that Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? Did he say that?’
Keane reacted sharply, saying: 'I thought they gave up one or two opportunities which they'll be disappointed with.'
A still confused Klopp then said: ‘I’m not sure if I heard it right, maybe he's talking about another game. It cannot be this game, sorry.
'That’s an incredible description of this game. It was absolutely exceptional. Nothing was sloppy, absolutely nothing...'
Yet Keane did not back down and attempted to clarify his comments: ‘I think you might have misheard me, I've said there were sloppy moments but I think you've been outstanding. I’ve been giving the club nothing but praise. I'm not sure you heard me correctly there.'
Klopp later clarified his position with a conciliatory explanation, saying: ‘I came to the microphone and didn't see them talking. I only heard them in a speaker and I heard sloppy. I misunderstood so no problem – it is all fine. I didn't see us being sloppy in defending.’
After the interview was finished, Keane then quipped: 'Very sensitive, isn't he? Jesus - imagine if they'd lost!'
A somewhat frosty exchange between the pair played out live on Monday Night Football
Klopp insisted his team's performance was 'absolutely exceptional' after their 3-1 victory
In the seconds before Klopp was interviewed live from the MNF studio, Keane did use the word sloppy in describing Klopp's side in moments on Monday evening and against Leeds United in their opening 4-3 win.
'They were sloppy on one or two occasions on the back