Jurgen Klopp raised a few eyebrows following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Brom at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
This was a fixture the Reds were expected to win, but only a stoppage-time equaliser from Divock Origi spared Klopp’s men from embarrassment at their home ground.
Nevertheless, Klopp still felt it was appropriate to offer a Borussia Dortmund-style salute to the Kop after the final whistle. Needless to say, this divided football fans on Twitter.
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The majority of Liverpool supporters, who have understandably been won over by their charismatic German coach since he replaced Brendan Rodgers at the beginning of October, loved it and saw it as a tremendous gesture from the manager.
But fans of other teams - along with some neutrals - thought it was over the top and even a little embarrassing. This was no emphatic victory, after all, it was a 2-2 home draw against West Brom.
Twitter reacts to Klopp’s Kop salute
Klopp: 'I just wanted to say thank you'
Klopp explained his actions in his post-match press conference, revealing it was designed to thank the fans after sticking with the team throughout the 90 minutes against the Baggies even though they may have felt disappointment at times during the match.
“Maybe the crowd was disappointed but the thing was they didn't let us feel it,” the 48-year-old was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “We all were in the game, we all were concentrated, we all wanted to get this one point at the end.
“It felt like three points, I know it's only one. This moment it was like an explosion. It was the best atmosphere since I've been here, I really enjoyed it."
He added: “At the end I just wanted to say thank you, I don't know if this is normal in England or things like this.
“But together with the team it was great. It was absolutely great.”
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