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




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?

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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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ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona



Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona

Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.

The Daily Star reports that Barcelona are looking for a replacement to Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool star has been excellent at the Catalans but at 32, he is nearing the twilight of his career.

Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.

Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):

“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.

“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.

“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

Firmino’s future set at Anfield?

The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.

The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.

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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.

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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants



Liverpool players celebrate win

Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer



Joao Felix

Joao Felix

Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool's Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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