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Steven Gerrard supports Klopp's wild celebration during Liverpool 1-0 Everton

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Jurgen Klopp caused a bit of a stir right at the end of the Merseyside derby on Sunday evening.

After a competitive fixture in which Everton were arguably the better team, Divock Origi snatched all three points with one of the most bizarre goals in Premier League history.

Liverpool's captain for the day Virgin van Dijk shanked a volley high up into the air, but Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford inexplicably tipped the ball onto the crossbar and back into play.

Origi had the simple task of nodding the ball home, sparking wild celebrations from Liverpool staff and fans.

Klopp burst onto the pitch to celebrate with Alisson Becker, a decision which has really divided opinion in the aftermath.

The German manager has been fined £8,000 by the FA and warned about his future conduct.

David Beckham was one of many famous names to support Klopp's decision, while Danny Mills went the opposite way and called for him to be banned for the rest of the season.

A bit strong from Mills, but a fine is probably the punishment Klopp deserved, regardless of it being a derby.

One man who is doing everything but criticise Klopp is Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who gave his take on the incident during a Rangers press conference.

Gerrard during the Villarreal game

Gerrard said, per Rangers' official Twitter account: "I ran further than Kloop when that goal went in, I've never been manager when a last-minute derby winner goes in, don't be surprised if you see me run further!

"We all have responsibilities but emotions take over and it's good to see managers and players celebrate."

It's hard to go against Gerrard's point of view.

Football is meant to be a passionate game and while Klopp's punishment was deserved, to demonise him seems way too far.

Klopp on the touchline vs Everton

Imagine the scenes in Glasgow if Gerrard does the same after a 90th minute winner in the Old Firm derby...

Topics:
Steven Gerrard
Football
Alisson Becker
Jordan Pickford
Jurgen Klopp
Divock Origi
Premier League
Liverpool
Everton
Rangers

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