Klopp apologises for running on pitch to celebrate winner

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Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool
  • Post published:December 3, 2018

Jurgen Klopp says he apologised to Marco Silva for running on to the Anfield pitch to celebrate Divock Origi’s last-gasp Merseyside derby winner.

Sunday’s meeting between Liverpool and Everton looked set to end in a goalless draw, before Jordan Pickford’s error enabled Origi to head home in the 96th minute.

An ecstatic Klopp ran on the pitch to embrace Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson as his side celebrated Origi’s goal at the other end of the pitch.

And the Liverpool manager accepted in a post-match interview with BBC Sport that he overstepped the mark.

‘First of all, I have to apologise for my run,’ Klopp said. ‘I apologised immediately after to Marco Silva, I didn’t want to be disrespectful.

‘My respect to Everton could not be bigger after that game. We knew how strong they were, but today they were outstandingly strong and difficult with the way they played.

‘The goal was lucky of course, but our idea was clear: we wanted to win until the last second. We wanted to show that by bringing strikers on. It was a long and open game. I think we deserved the three points.’

Origi has now scored three goals in the Merseyside derby, and Klopp said he has rarely viewed scenes like his dramatic late winner.

‘Not often, it happens from time to time, but not very often,’ he added. ‘Thankfully, because it is better for the heart if football games are decided earlier.’

Klopp’s joy was in contrast with Everton’s misery after their atrocious Merseyside derby record was extended by Origi’s last-gasp goal.

And Everton defender Michael Keane said the team were rallying around England goalkeeper Pickford, following his late mistake.

‘Everyone is devastated and silent,’ said Keane. ‘We are consoling Jordan [Pickford]. He got unlucky. He has been brilliant for us.

‘Everyone is devastated because of the work we put in. We had our chances and came close. We are devastated for ourselves and the fans.’