FA set to probe incident at Emirates as Klopp admits ‘deep concerns’ about Liverpool

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Arsenal & Liverpool are facing a possible Football Association investigation after a furious exchange between two sets of players in the second half of the hosts’ thrilling game.

Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp were both spoken to by referee Michael Oliver after the incident in the second half, and it is believed the two managers had another conversation with Oliver after the game.




The FA said it was “aware of an incident that took place” in the game and they are now in dialogue with the match officials and the two teams. In a statement, the FA said it will “review the details of the incident”.

A number of players were involved in the heated argument on the pitch, with Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes seen squaring up to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and then gesturing towards the referee.

The clash between players came at the end of the clash, which ended with Arsenal surging back to the top of the Premier League table.

Klopp later conceded to having deep concerns about his club’s form and the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz.




Arsenal’s latest win opened up a 14-point gap to Liverpool, leading Klopp to rule his team out of the title race this season.

He added that the injuries to Alexander-Arnold and Diaz, who were both taken off, were “not good”.




The Liverpool boss was also unhappy with Arsenal’s winning goal, scored from the penalty spot by Bukayo Saka after Thiago fouled Gabriel Jesus. Klopp said the foul “might have been made up” by the Arsenal star.

Alexander-Arnold’s injury, which forced him off at half-time of the 3-2 defeat, will raise fears that he could now be in a race to regain his fitness in time for the World Cup.

“Do I have deeper concerns? Yes, of course I am not happy,” said Klopp. “How can I be? We are in a tough moment and we want to get through this together. That is what we are working on.

“We are not in the title race. Imagine if I would sit here and think, ‘We are nearly there’. We have problems at the moment but we caused the team in form, the leader of the table, massive problems today.”

On the injuries to Alexander-Arnold & Diaz, Klopp said: “Diaz has something with the knee, not good. He will have a scan and then we will know more.”

JB

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