English Premiership

Shaqiri has no problems with Klopp's celebrations

2018-12-04 08:37
Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp is coming under fire for his over-exuberant post-match celebrations after Liverpool beat Everton on Sunday, but Xherdan Shaqiri says he loved it.

Reds boss Klopp stormed out onto the pitch and jumped into the arms of goalkeeper Alisson after Divock Origi's 96th-minute winner.

The German manager later apologised to Everton boss Marco Silva but was charged by the Football Association on Monday.

Shaqiri doesn't feel there was anything wrong with Klopp showing what the win meant to him, however.

"Every person is emotional, and you saw that when you score in the last minute of the derby, the game was also fantastic, so there's a lot of emotions in there," he said.

"It happens. Many coaches have done that before, it's something nice and good, but it's not to disrespect the opponent, it's emotions and it happens in football. It was nice to see the emotions from the coach."

Shaqiri said the whole club was buzzing after the winner helped the Reds stay in touch with Man City.

"It was an amazing feeling," he added. "You saw the emotions from the players and the coach, it was a really nice win.

"The spirit in the team is very good and that's very important. We are working very closely together and it's important to know each other better.

"We are like a small family. It has to stay like this and we have to enjoy our work every day. It reflects on the pitch."

Liverpool now turn their attention to a match against Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday, and Shaqiri expects a stern test, despite the fact that the Clarets are second from bottom in the Premier League.

"We know how hard the Premier League can be, you can lose points against any team," he said.

"We are not looking to Manchester City, it's important to look at ourselves and take it game by game.

"We know Man City are at the top and playing very good football and are the favourites, but we are having a very good season and if we stay at this level everything can happen.

"We have to win games and then we will see what happens at the end of the season."

 

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