Jurgen Klopp’s last-minute celebration in the Merseyside derby was “disrespectful”, says Danny Mills.
After Divock Origi scored Liverpool’s dramatic injury-time winner in the Merseyside derby, Jurgen Klopp ran onto the pitch to celebrate with his players. His behaviour sparked a shocked reaction from Danny Mills, who suggested it could have got him arrested if he were a fan.
The German manager has always been one for animated, sometimes explosive touchline antics, but for the former-England defender, Klopp was both literally, and figuratively, way over the line.
Following the goal, Klopp ran to the centre circle in celebration at Anfield and Mills felt the Liverpool manager’s actions went “too far”.
“We want to see passion, we want to see enthusiasm,” he said on Sky Sports News. “But to go beyond halfway onto the pitch to celebrate with his goalkeeper, that’s too far.
“If you say ‘this is just passion’ then can the whole bench go onto the pitch?”
Mills, who made 218 appearances in the Premier League for Charlton, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Derby, praised Everton manager Marco Silva and how he dealt with the situation.
“He hasn’t apologized to Marco Silva, Klopp says he has, but Silva says he hasn’t,” Mills said. “So who do you believe in that situation?
“Silva dealt with it very well. He handled himself with a lot of decorum and didn’t make a big song and dance about it.”