Watching a player step up to take a penalty is a nervy moment for any football fan, but it must be so much worse for the manager.
Jurgen Klopp’s actions on Thursday night, when his Liverpool side played Bordeaux in the Europa League, suggests this is almost certainly true.
As James Milner prepared to take the spot-kick, Klopp stood on the touchline facing the fans, before hearing the roar of the crowd and pumping his fist in celebration. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Was Klopp looking away for superstitious reasons? It’s possible. Many individuals in the football world have bizarre superstitions and maybe one of Klopp’s involves facing the crowd for penalties.
Towards the end of the video, Klopp is seen walking up to Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol and having a quiet word with his counterpart. Perhaps the Liverpool boss felt Christian Benteke was fortunate to have been awarded the penalty in the first place.
Video: Klopp looks away for Milner penalty
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Nevertheless, it was a big goal for Klopp and Liverpool, who went on to win the match 2-1 and book their place in the Europa League knockout rounds.
The Reds were left with an uphill battle to secure all three points when Bordeaux took the lead thanks to Simon Mignolet’s indecisiveness.
The Belgium international inexplicably held onto the ball for 21 seconds before the referee awarded an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area, from which Henri Saivet duly converted.
Milner equalised five minutes later, though, before Benteke wrapped up the points with a goal just before the half-time interval.
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