Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard (Picture: Getty)Steven Gerrard has defended Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager’s controversial celebration to the injury-time winner in the Merseyside derby.
Klopp sprinted onto the pitch and hugged goalkeeper Alisson after Divock Origi scored a dramatic and bizarre winner against Everton.
The German boss was subsequently fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association.
But Liverpool legend and current Rangers boss Gerrard understands Klopp’s reaction and says it is one of the reasons fans love the sport.
The former England midfielder said: ‘He ran about 30 yards less than me when I celebrated a goal!
‘Listen, it’s an emotional sport and an emotional game. You win a derby in the 96th minute, emotions naturally take over your body and your decision making.
‘I can understand it. I love Jurgen Klopp for who he is. He’s real, he’s authentic.
Jurgen Klopp was fined for his celebrations (Picture: Getty)‘Of course, us as managers have a responsibility to try and tame it as much as we can, but sometimes that it is difficult.
‘He’s come out and apologised and it is what it is. I think there is a big problem in this sport if we take celebrating out of it.
‘It’s not the reason why we love Jurgen Klopp, but is (Jose) Mourinho not famous for sprinting down the touchline? Do the viewers not love this?’
Gerrard added: ‘Of course, you open yourself up to be punished, but I don’t think we can actually criticise people for being emotional.
‘I love that side of people. I love it when they are real and let themselves go.
‘Of course you must respect the opposition managers and coaches, but to celebrate a big win or a big goal, I want that to stay.’
Liverpool, whose 1-0 victory over Everton ensured they remain just two points below leaders Manchester City, face Burnley this weekend.
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