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Danny Mills: Klopp celebrations 'went too far'

2018-12-04 10:31
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Cape Town - Former England and Manchester City defender Danny Mills has labelled Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's last-minute celebration in Sunday's Merseyside derby as "disrespectful".

The Premier League clash ended in dramatic fashion, as Divock Origi scored in the 96th minute to hand the Reds a 1-0 victory in front of a jubilant Anfield crowd.

Klopp couldn't contain himself after the last-gasp strike, and ran to the centre circle in celebration.

But as far as Mills is concerned, the German boss took things a step too far.

"We want to see passion, we want to see enthusiasm," he told Sky Sports. "But to go beyond half way 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 also praised the way in which Everton boss Marco Silva dealt with the situation.

"He hasn't apologised 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."

Mills added: "There are laws in place for a reason. You're not allowed to go onto the pitch, it's as simple as that.

"It's also quite disrespectful. We've seen managers run down the touchline, that's fine.

"When you run onto the pitch you can cause all sorts of problems with opposing players. You can't allow it because next time, the ramifications could be very problematic."


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