Thursday 19 September 2019

WATCH: Jurgen Klopp issues an apology after his pitch invasion at the end of the Merseyside derby

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Everton - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 2, 2018 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp reacts REUTERS/Phil Noble
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Everton - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 2, 2018 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp reacts REUTERS/Phil Noble

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has apologised for his extravagant celebrations as he ran onto the pitch to toast his side's dramatic late winner in the Merseyside derby.

It looked like the game would finish in a stalemate after Virgil van Dijk sliced the ball high into the air with seconds left, only for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to bat the ball off the bar and into the path of Divock Origi, who bundled home a dramatic winner.

It had been a frustrating game for Liverpool, who were second best for long periods and also missed a host of chances. When Origi scored for the home side, it brought an outpouring of emotion from Jurgen Klopp, who sprinted onto the pitch to embrace his players.

It was a crazy finish at Anfield and Klopp's manic run across the pitch summed up the wild closing moments, yet he was quick to admits he ad lost control of his emotions as he offered up these comments after the match.

"I have to apologise because I didn't want to be disrespectful but I couldn't stop myself," Klopp told Sky Sports. "It just happened.

"The plan was not to run on. 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.

"If I could describe it then I would have control over it. We don't want to look for excuses but that's how it is. I'm not sure what the FA has to do in a situation like this but I will have to wait.

"The game was with unbelievable intensity. Both teams had chances. Both goalkeepers had outstanding performances. Both teams tried really to play football. No harsh things. The game was really good.

"In the end it was a very weird goal. I can't imagine the disappointment of Everton. But we got it and we will take it. It is a brilliant night."

"After the game I apologised to Marco Silva, we spoke to each other and I told him how much I respect his work because it's incredible."

Klopp also saluted match winner Origi, who has been a bit part player in his squad over the last couple of seasons.

"It is such a nice story that Divock Origi can score a goal," added Klopp. "It is a horrible injury he got in another derby and it was a big break in his career.

"Now he is back fully fit and can come in and score this goal. It is really cool.

"We tried to control the game they had good counter-attacks. We tried to go in behind but we didn't play exactly like that, that often.

"We had our moments and had brilliant chances. Our counter-press was really good and we stayed in the game until the end."

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