Klopp injures himself and ‘needs treatment’ after naughty celebration
Jurgen Klopp pulled his hamstring as he reeled away to celebrate Diogo Jota’s last-gasp winner to seal a 4-3 win for Liverpool against Tottenham. But Klopp was lucky not to be sent off after a thoroughly unprofessional reaction to the goal.
As the ball hit the back of the net, an ecstatic Klopp, ran over to the fourth official and jeered in his face only to pull his hamstring in the process. Gary Neville said of the incident: “That’s naughty. Jurgen Klopp should have been sent off for what he did to the fourth official but, like we say, he won’t care. He lives on the edge.”
Before adding: “He needs treatment,” as the Reds boss limped back to his dugout. It seemed like Tottenham would suffer to the same as they did against Newcastle two weeks in the opening 25 minutes as they conceded three goals in quick succession from Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah from the spot.
But an important goal from Harry Kane at the stroke of halftime turned the momentum in Spurs’ favour. The skipper slotted away a brilliant volley after an excellent run from Christian Perisic, who turned Virgil Van Djik inside out, before lobbing the ball into the path of his team mate.
Heung-Min Son built on Pulisic and Kane’s inspiration with a tidy finish in the 77th minute as the visitors poured on the pressure down the home straight. And in extra time it seemed as though they had secured a point when Richarlison headed home the equaliser in added time.
But it wasn’t to be. Diogo Jota broke Tottenham’s hearts as he capitalised on a misplaced pass from Lucas Moura to nussle a low strike into the bottom corner.
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“That is the most Tottenham thing that you will ever see. Lucas Moura should just clear it up the pitch, he plays the most aimless pass back inside. I’m not sure whether it’s to the goalkeeper or to Romero,” said Neville on the commentary.
“But he gets in that channel, Jota, and he fires it into that far corner. Fraser Forster comes out, maybe a little bit too far, but Jurgen Klopp – reprieve for Liverpool – but oh he’ll get in a bit of trouble for that towards the fourth official, and he’s pulled his hamstring!”
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