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Kop boss charged over pitch in­va­sion

- By DO­MINIC KING Sports · Soccer · The Football Association · Liverpool Football Club · Merseyside · Liverpool · Alisson · Everton · Manchester City Football Club · Manchester · Bradford City A.F.C. · Southampton F.C. · Anfield, Liverpool · Jordan Pickford · Trent Alexander-Arnold · Burnley F.C. · Sadio Mané · Senegal national football team · Senegal · Divock Origi · Everton F.C. · Josep Guardiola · Southampton

JUR­GEN KLOPP has been charged by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion fol­low­ing his cel­e­bra­tions at the end of the Mersey­side derby. Liver­pool’s man­ager ran on to the pitch to hug goal­keeper Alis­son af­ter Divock Origi scored an in­jury-time win­ner. He apol­o­gised af­ter the game, in­sist­ing he did not mean to show dis­re­spect to Ever­ton, and found an un­likely ally in Manch­ester City boss Pep Guardi­ola yes­ter­day. ‘It is an emo­tional game,’ said Guardi­ola, who es­caped cen­sure from the FA last Novem­ber when he cel­e­brated a late win­ner against Southamp­ton on the pitch. Klopp has un­til 6pm on Thurs­day to an­swer the charge. If he does not con­test it — and the in­di­ca­tions are that he will ac­cept the charge — the pun­ish­ment is likely to be a fine and a warn­ing. There was a frenzy in­side An­field when Origi stooped to head in a loose ball which had slipped from goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford’s grasp and then bounced off the cross­bar in the 96th minute. The goal won the game for Liver­pool, who are two points be­hind Premier League lead­ers City. ‘It was amaz­ing,’ said right back Trent Alexan­der-Arnold. ‘Emo­tions get the best of you, es­pe­cially in games like this. ‘Ev­ery­body prob­a­bly thought we’d set­tle for the draw but we’ve shown this sea­son that we dig deep and come up with the goods.’ Liver­pool’s next test is at Burn­ley to­mor­row night when Origi could be re­warded for his hero­ics with a rare start. Sa­dio Mane is a ma­jor doubt for the trip to Turf Moor. The Sene­gal in­ter­na­tional missed train­ing yes­ter­day with a cut to his foot and will con­tinue to be as­sessed.

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