Kop boss charged over pitch invasion
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.