Media playback is not supported on this device Wenger’s quotes after Liverpool match
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he “embarrassed” himself by a row with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after his side’s League Cup defeat in December.
Wenger was unhappy with referee Mike Dean after a muted challenge by Klopp on his goalkeeper David Ospina.
The German denied Arsenal’s 19th-minute penalty and the home side went on to win 3-1.
“I’m responsible for the team. The players were embarrassed and embarrassed I was,” Wenger said on Match of the Day.
Asked if he apologised to Klopp, Wenger said: “I’ve tried to do that many times and it never happens. It’s a sign of respect in football.”
Klopp said at the time: “He said some absolutely outlandish things. No apologies, you are the top one. Thank you. The bit that everybody remembers was the fall.”
Klopp and Wenger were working together at Borussia Dortmund from 2013-17, having contested two league and two cup finals, losing both of the latter.
“We have had many games against each other, we never had a collision. We have always been professional,” Klopp said.
“I was very direct because we have had a situation on the pitch that we were all not very happy about.
“When I said a player has to move, that player made a move but we have nothing to add. It was all football, simple as that.”
Arsenal were dominant for long periods of their League Cup semi-final second leg at Anfield in December and deservedly led through Olivier Giroud’s penalty before Liverpool levelled through Georginio Wijnaldum.
But Roberto Firmino restored Liverpool’s lead five minutes before half-time, before Sadio Mane and Naby Keita either side of the break ensured victory for Liverpool.
Klopp, who had his assistant Zeljko Buvac sent off for a second yellow card, added: “I had to work with the team again. It was so difficult to believe what was happening at that moment.
“I have said all my life as a footballer, a manager and a person that I support referees. I always asked the referees what they thought and I found it very difficult to imagine what was happening, never like this.”