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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp clashes with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Action Images via Reuters/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp clashes with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Action Images via Reuters/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp clashes with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Action Images via Reuters/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was bemused by his angry touchline exchange with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, which sparked a reaction from the Anfield crowd and paved the way for a 4-0 win for the home side.

Sadio Mane grabbed the opener when he headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold's free-kick in the first half, with Diogo Jota taking advantage of a Nuno Tavares mistake to roll into an empty net before Mohamed Salah slotted home a Mane cross for the third.

Substitute Takumi Minamino then added a fourth, yet it was Arteta's excited reaction to a first half challenge by Liverpool's Sadio Mane that sparked the game into life.

"It was about the situation that it was no foul from Sadio but the Arsenal bench went up like it was a red card. I asked what they want in that situation," said Klopp.

"We had to take Sadio off against Atletico (Madrid in the Champions League) because they wanted him to get a yellow card. This time it was nothing.

"The referee did really well in that situation - I deserved a yellow card. It wasn't not OK and that is what I said. It just happened in the moment.

"He's just a physical player - you can't do that it happens too often and it's not right. When they rise up from the bench it's difficult to not get up and say something."

The touchline row appeared to work in Liverpool's favour, as it inspired Klopp's team to move through the gears and eventually seal a comfortable win.

"After 1-0 for about five minutes Arsenal had their best phase," reflected Klopp. "It was a relief to get the second and we have to be in more control in these moments. I said a few little things at half-time and then we played really good football and could've scored more.

"They made a few really good saves today but after half-time we saw it out. Let's hope that we can see it through to the next game - we will keep fighting.

"It's always important to win home games, it's difficult to win any game in this league. you lose the last game and the boys go to nearly 15 different countries, come back, some of them injured, unable to play, some can play but haven't played much. And we had one day to prepare for a game against a team in form.

"It wasn't a top class performance but it was very controlled and mature and exciting in other parts. The goals we scored were well played, worked for in counter-pressing situations. I like these goals because they cause problems for the opponents - you can be greedy in these situations and we were today."

Arteta defended his antics, as he confirmed the managers did exchange pleasantries after the final whistle.

"He was defending his team, I was defending my team, that's it," said the Arsenal boss. "It doesn't matter. Yes I did to him and I congratulated him. These moments are left on the pitch.

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"It was a huge test. We showed for 45 minutes we could compete with them. We crashed for 15-20 minutes, we threw the game away and that is the learning from today. We take the things we have to learn from today and move on. We have to carry on and it is about how we react now as a team."

Read John Aldridge's verdict on Liverpool's big win in this weekend's Sunday World newspaper

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