Klopp says sorry for ex­u­ber­ant cel­e­bra­tion

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

Klopp ran on to the pitch to cel­e­brate with his team’s goal­keeper, Alis­son Becker, when sub­sti­tute Origi pun­ished a mis­take by Ever­ton goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford by head­ing home in stop­page time yes­ter­day.

The Ger­man added that he had sub­se­quently apol­o­gised to his Ever­ton coun­ter­part Marco Silva – some­thing the Por­tuguese 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 [but] I couldn’t stop, ob­vi­ously. Not cool, but it hap­pened.

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

Silva said: “He didn’t apol­o­gise to me. You 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 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 the cross­bar, only to send the ball bounc­ing against the bar and to­wards Origi.

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

“He did re­ally well un­til that mo­ment, and it is some­thing no­body ex­pected. It is easy to un­der­stand how the sta­dium cel­e­brated the goal in the last minute, but I can tell you I am proud of our play­ers.”

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