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Fan rant of the day: Time to ban all kind of passion in games after Jurgen Klopp’s FA charge

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Liverpool players celebrate Merseyside derby winner

The Merseyside derby winner from Divock Origi will forever be remembered, at least by the Liverpool fans.

A player coming from out of the blue to take advantage of a mistake from Jordan Pickford in the 96th minute, you just could not write such things.

Jurgen Klopp going ballistic, now that is something you could predict. The German is known for his passionate celebrations whenever his team scores a goal, and well, we saw another one at Anfield on Sunday.

Klopp must have been as surprised as any of the Liverpool fans when Origi’s goal went in. The German ran onto the pitch, jumped around with Alisson, came back towards the byline, jumped around a bit more and finally was able to calm down.

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The manager was apologetic about his behaviour after the goal and spoke with Marco Silva, the Everton manager, for a while.

“I have to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful – but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened,” the German was quoted by the BBC.

Silva further claimed that he didn’t see the celebrations from Klopp and added he might have done the same if his team scored such a late winner.

“I didn’t see any disrespect.”

Danny Mills seemed to have it in for Klopp and was quoted (h/t BBC) saying:

“But to run into the middle of the pitch, I think it’s disrespectful to Everton.

“There are so many managers that get absolutely hammered but Klopp is very media friendly, everybody seems to love him and he can’t do anything wrong.

“You cannot go on to the middle of the pitch, no matter what the circumstances.”

Klopp was subsequently charged by the FA and faced a fine and a ban, but got away with just a fine, according to the BBC.

There has been a lot said about Klopp’s behaviour but the German is known to be passionate on and off the pitch.

This is not the first time he has celebrated this wildly after a goal, and his former club Mainz shared a small clipping of just what the German has done.

Klopp is a football fan first, and well, this fan went ballistic watching Origi score that goal. All the German did was run to his own player and celebrate with him.

There was no goading of the opposition, there was not celebrating wildly in front of the opposition fans to make a point, there was no time being wasted and this was a special moment for any person related to Liverpool.

Klopp didn’t injure anyone, he didn’t abuse or manhandle the ref, and yet, he was charged with misconduct from the FA.

Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

It is tough to find this celebration being disrespectful to anyone at all, and frankly, there have been much worse incidents on the touchline.

The German is being made a scapegoat by the FA to show how they are trying to bring the game into control, but take this passion away and we are left with robots on the pitch that just walk back after scoring a goal.

Celebrating by taking the shirt off gets a player booked, which is something I don’t agree with. The referee could have done something similar with Klopp but is it really necessary?

Read more: “Typical”, “They don’t want us to win trophies” – Some Liverpool fans blast the draw for FA Cup

Football is a game filled with emotion and you should not punish people for showing it, as long as it doesn’t disrespect the opposition.

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Liverpool unlikely to make January signings as Klopp wants to keep a close unit

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Liverpool won’t sign players in January unless they face a big problem

The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst took part in a regular Q+A session after our loss to Napoli in the Champions League.

The journalist was asked about a range of topics regarding the club including our plans in the winter window and when our injured players could return.

Liverpool didn’t make any big signings in the summer as they signed a couple of young players. We did sign Adrian and Andy Lonergan but those were done to provide cover for Alisson.

Gorst was asked if the Reds would make any signings in the January window, and he claimed that it would take a major problem for any deal to take place (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think for Liverpool to be active in the January window there would have to be a big problem at Anfield.

“Klopp likes the close-knit makeup of his squad and prefers his numbers to be trim. I don’t see a scenario where the Reds boss is delving into the market to make a significant addition at this stage.”

The journalist added that Klopp believes in the current crop of players after the perfect start to the Premier League campaign.

Klopp averse to making winter signings

The German isn’t known to make big winter signings and it would be a huge deal if the manager makes a move in January.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

The Reds have a pretty strong team and it will be interesting to see how our season develops in the coming months.

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We have looked good so far this season and were a little unlucky to return from Napoli without a point.

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Liverpool interested in 27-year-old Real Madrid star but face competition from Premier League rivals

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Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid attacker Isco

Calciomercato (h/t AS) reports that Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s talented Spaniard Isco.

The 27-year-old can play in several positions in the attack and has scored one goal and provided one assist for the Madrid side this season.

Isco has had his troubles with Real in the past season or so and only started 11 La Liga games for them.

Isco
Isco

The 27-year-old did appear in 16 league games as a substitute, with Real changing managers thrice in the previous campaign.

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of the La Liga giants and Isco hasn’t played for the side since the 1-1 draw against Valladolid at the end of August.

The report claims that there is further interest in Isco, with Manchester City and Juventus also keen on the 27-year-old.

Do Liverpool need Isco?

The Spaniard is a great talent but his inconsistency has been a problem over the past 18 months or so.

Liverpool could use a playmaker just behind the front-three and Isco is capable of playing in that position.

However, the Spaniard has mostly been used in the wide positions this season, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move later on.

Liverpool have three of the best attackers in world football at the moment, and there is immense competition for places in the midfield too.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could provide us with an attacking dimension from the midfield. However, the pair have had their injury problems in recent years.

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Isco would be a valuable addition to the team, but he won’t be guaranteed a starting spot. Landing the Spaniard on the cheap would be good business, but we shouldn’t break the bank for the 27-year-old.

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Spanish star linked with Liverpool after excellent display in Champions League

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Fabian Ruiz of Napoli linked with Liverpool after excellent display

Liverpool’s Champions League opener might not have gone their way with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli.

The Reds were unlucky to concede a penalty late in the game, with replays showing that Jose Callejon had fallen over before contact was made with Andy Robertson.

Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot and we tried to get back into the game.

Fabian Ruiz

Fernando Llorente scored in the dying seconds of the game after some miscommunication at the back, but we had our chances to score too.

One player who impressed in the midfield was Fabian Ruiz. The Spaniard was linked with the Reds before the clash (h/t Calciomercato) and did a great job in controlling the midfield.

The 23-year-old has been great for Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, and reports (h/t Liverpool Echo) claim that the midfielder is being linked with Liverpool once again.

A quality signing for the Reds?

Liverpool do have a packed midfield with the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain yet to shine this season.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum are great as a unit but the likes of James Milner and Adam Lallana are in their 30s and cannot start every game for us.

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Marko Grujic celebrates

Marko Grujic has also impressed at Hertha Berlin on loan, and he should be handed a chance to prove his ability at Anfield.

The Serbian would be a smart option for the Reds but Ruiz seems to be a more complete article right now.

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Calciomercato added that Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in the Spaniard, and it will be interesting to see if Ruiz is on the move next season.

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