Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for sprinting on to the pitch in celebration after after Divock Origi scored a dramatic 96th minute winner against Everton at Anfield. He has until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond.
Klopp sprinted onto the pitch and hugged Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson after Divock Origi’s dramatic goal and Bizarre winner in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool’s 1-0 win move them two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The German boss later apologised for his 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.
“If I could describe how I felt when the goal went in, then I would have control over it. We don’t want to look for excuses but that’s how it is.
“The plan was not to run. When I chose to stop, I was close to Alisson. He was surprised.”
Everton counterpart Marco Silva said he had no issue with Klopp’s actions.
“I didn’t see Klopp’s reaction and if we scored that goal and had been so lucky I might have done the same,” said the Portuguese.
Metro Sports report: “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.’