Jurgen Klopp couldn’t escape an FA charge for his wild celebration after Divock Origi’s late winner against Everton on Sunday.
The Liverpool boss ran onto the pitch to hug Alisson Becker before returning to the touchline and continuing the celebrations with his staff.
“I didn’t want to be disrespectful. I just couldn’t stop myself,” Klopp said afterwards, per talkSPORT.
“It should not happen, but I cannot hide it.”
The incident sparked a varied reaction. Former England defender Danny Mills told BBC Radio 5 live that it was “absolutely shocking”, while David Beckham excused Klopp’s actions as purely passion on Instagram.
Football evokes emotion and it’s hard for anyone who hasn’t witnessed their side score a 96th minute winner in a derby to predict how they would react.
But Brendan Rodgers has managed Liverpool in a Merseyside derby, so his opinion on the matter counts for something.
Brendan Rodgers reacts
The Celtic boss has defended Klopp over his actions, insisting that the German probably had no control over himself at the moment.
“I’ve had those moments, I know when we’ve scored at Ibrox I’ve run up the touchline,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.
“Something just takes over you emotionally, and you can pretend you won’t do it, but it’s just something that just comes across you when it means so much.
“I’ve been involved in that Liverpool v Everton game and it’s a hugely emotional game, especially at Anfield.
“So for Liverpool to get the late goal how they did, it was just a rush of emotion.
“I think for Jurgen, bless him, if there were two pitches he would have probably ran right across them all!”
Klopp was quick to apologise but one imagines that he’d probably react the same way if a similar situation arises in the future.
He has accepted the FA's misconduct, agreeing to pay a fine of around £8,000.
The victory leaves Liverpool just two points behind Manchester City in the Premier League table; there’s no doubting that the Reds’ challenge this season is a legitimate one.News Now - Sport News