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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.

Trent alexander Arnold Joe Gomez Liverpool

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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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

James Milner Liverpool

That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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