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Rio Ferdinand thinks Mikel Arteta showed his naivety at the weekend when the Arsenal boss got involved in a heated clash with Liverpool manage Jurgen Klopp on the Anfield touchline.
During Liverpool’s 4-0 win over the Gunners the cameras caught a heated exchange between the two bosses.
Arsenal manager was furious at Sadio Mane appearing to fling an elbow at Takehiro Tomiyasu and the two head coaches squared up in scenes familiar to the previous Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho managerial duels.
Both of them received yellow cards for their troubles and the argument would have almost certainly continued in the tunnel at half time.
And Ferdinand believes sparking up a fiery atmosphere at Liverpool was an avoidable mistake from the Gunners boss and he showed his naivety by doing so.
“I watched the game and Liverpool just turned the screw. They turned the screw after Arteta and Klopp’s spat on the touchline, that Arteta started,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE.
“That was naive, for me. At Anfield you don’t want to be gassing up that crowd and whipping them up.
“You have a go at Klopp the way you do when you’re 1 or 2-0 up, not when you’re still in the game and the game’s on a knife edge.
“I think that was a little bit of naivety on Arteta’s behalf.
“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because he’s a young manager so I think he’ll learn from that.”
Source – Metro