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Jurgen Klopp: “My celebration was unnecessary”

Liverpool won with a dramatic late winner at Anfield.

Liverpool (United Kingdom), 29/04/2023.- Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp reacts after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, in Liverpool, Britain, 30 April 2023. (Reino Unido) EFE/EPA/Peter Powell EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
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Jurgen Klopp lost his cool when forward Diogo Jota scored a 94th-minute winner for Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Tottenham forward Richarlison had completed a three-goal comeback for Spurs before the Portuguese hit the back of the net to send both the home crowd and Klopp wild.

The German coach celebrated the winning goal in the face of the fourth official, seemingly pulling his hamstring in the process, and was subsequently yellow-carded for allowing his emotions to get the better of him.

Klopp discusses his celebration

In the aftermath of the 4-3 win over Ryan Mason’s Spurs, Klopp spoke to Sky Sports about the incident.

“How they can give a foul on Mohamed Salah [before Spurs’ third goal]. We have our history with [Paul] Tierney, I really don’t know what he has against us, he has said there is no problems but that cannot be true. How he looks at me, I don’t understand it.

“In England, nobody has to clarify these situations, it’s really tricky and hard to understand. My celebration was unnecessary, which is fair but what he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not ok.”

Liverpool’s perfect start

Liverpool got off to a perfect start when Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah put the home side 3-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes.

Harry Kane responded with a fine finish before half-time and Son Heung-min scored with a low strike in the 77th minute before substitute Richarlison popped up with an equaliser in stoppage time.

Neville reacts

Klopp’s reaction didn’t impress Sky pundit Gary Neville, who claimed that the former Borussia Dortmund boss should have been sent off for the way he reacted to the winning goal.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: “Jurgen Klopp should have been sent off for what he did to the fourth official but, like we say, he won’t care. He lives on the edge.”


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