Jurgen Klopp’s Wild Celebration In Liverpool Win Draws Controversy
It was a completely appropriate way to end an utterly riveting Super Sunday.
Liverpool snatched a win from the jaws of playing out a stalemate with city rivals Everton through the most bizarre circumstances, with the responsibility at the feet (or more appropriately, hands) of Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp - who later admitted that he had thought Virgil Van Dijk’s punt up field virtually signalled a concession of a last chance for a win - immediately responded by running wildly onto the pitch, celebrating passionately with his own goalkeeper Alisson, who had instigated the free-kick from where the vital goal would eventually be the result.
You can watch the video of the German’s mania below.
Klopp’s flamboyant celebrations however drew a mixed reaction from certain pundits.
On BBC Five Live, former Manchester City player Danny Mills immediately condemned the Liverpool manager’s actions in a post-match analysis.
“I think it’s disrespectful…you cannot run into the middle of the pitch to celebrate with your players - last minute or not” Mills stated.
Former EPL Golden Boot winner Chris Sutton was quick to retort on social media, in support of Klopp;
“What a load of rubbish it’s the derby...it’s in the heat of the moment it’s not disrespectful it’s emotion…”
Klopp also apologised to his counterpart Marco Silva who was obviously dejected. Silva, for his part, has said that he didn’t see the incident.
Disrespectful or part and parcel of the occasion? Decide for yourself by watching the footage below.
Liverpool score a bizzare LATE goal to win the Merseyside derby 1-0. Simply incredible!🤯