Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for his celebration after Liverpool’s injury-time winner against Everton at Anfield.
Klopp sprinted onto the pitch and hugged Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson after Divock Origi scored a dramatic and bizarre winner in the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool’s 1-0 victory saw them move two points behind Premier League leaders and defending champions Manchester City. Klopp, who has been charged with misconduct for his celebration, has until 6pm on Thursday to respond.
The German boss later apologised for his overzealous celebration, telling reporters: ‘I have to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened! ‘The plan was not to run [onto the pitch to celebrate]! ‘When I chose to stop I was close to Alisson.
He was surprised! It was the last situation of the game. ‘Both teams delivered an unbelievable fight. Both teams tried really to play football. No harsh things. The game was really good.’
Former England defender Danny Mills branded Klopp’s celebrations as ‘shocking’ and said it displayed a ‘disrespect’ to Everton. ‘I think it’s absolutely shocking what Jurgen Klopp does,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘Ok, go down the touchline a little bit, come out of your technical area, celebrate with your staff on the bench – I don’t have a problem with that at all. ‘But to run into the middle of the pitch, I think it’s disrespectful to Everton.
‘Yes, it’s a derby, it’s a big game, but you cannot run into the middle of the pitch to celebrate with your players. Last minute or not, it doesn’t make any difference.’