Friday 20 September 2019

Klopp laments ‘not cool’ celebration as Liverpool ride luck against Everton

The Reds boss ran onto the pitch to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson Becker when substitute Divock Origi struck late at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Peter Byrne/PA)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described the way he celebrated Divock Origi’s dramatic winner as “not cool” following the 1-0 Merseyside derby victory over Everton at Anfield.

Klopp ran onto the pitch to celebrate with Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker when substitute Origi punished a mistake by Jordan Pickford by heading home in stoppage time.

The German said he had subsequently apologised to his Everton counterpart Marco Silva – something Silva claimed had not been the case.

Klopp said: “Immediately after the game I apologised to Marco Silva when we spoke to each other.

“I told him how much I respect his work, because it’s incredible what he did with that team. They are just an outstanding side.

“Derbies are always difficult but this was a completely different difficult to the last few years.

“What can I say about it? I didn’t want to run. It was not my plan. I didn’t want to run to Ali – I couldn’t stop, obviously. Not cool, but it happened.

“The more important things happened during the 95 minutes. Again, all my respect for Everton, really good. Both teams delivered a proper fight, a proper derby from the first second.”

Divock Origi scores a dramatic winner for Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

Silva said: “He didn’t apologise to me. All of your colleagues have asked me about the situation but to be honest with you I didn’t see it. I don’t know what he did and the way he did it.

“It was a lucky day for him this afternoon but that is football. I cannot say it was disrespectful because I didn’t see, maybe when I see that moment I can speak more about that situation.”

The goal came when Pickford attempted to tip a sliced effort from Virgil Van Dijk over, only to send the ball bouncing against the bar and towards Origi.

Silva said when asked about the England goalkeeper, who had done well to deny Xherdan Shaqiri in the first half: “What I told him will stay between us.

“What I can tell you, like we started the match all together, like we have been working since the first day all together, we finish the match all together.

“He did really well until that moment and it is something no-one expected. It is easy to understand how the stadium celebrated the goal in the last minute.”

He added: “I know the main thing in football is always the result but I can tell you I am proud of our players.

“I think it is clear for everyone we didn’t deserve and it was a lucky, lucky, lucky day for Liverpool.”

Liverpool’s players celebrate the winner (Peter Byrne/PA)

Klopp, who admitted the goal was “a bit lucky”, expressed his delight for Origi.

The forward sustained a nasty ankle injury in a Merseyside derby in April 2016 via a tackle from Ramiro Funes Mori.

Klopp said of the Belgian, who on Sunday was making only his second Liverpool appearance since being on loan at Wolfsburg last season: “I said it to him when I sent him on the pitch, actually. I had it in my mind. I’ve never forgot it since.

“Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case it was so obvious that it was a break in his development.

“At that time he was outstanding. After that, it took a long time before he felt absolutely nothing.

“It all changed a little bit (for him), you lose confidence and you don’t play from here (touching his stomach) any more.

“So it was always in my mind when I thought about Div, that night (against Everton). And now he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine again.”

Second-placed Liverpool are two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, while Everton are sixth.

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