English Premiership

Klopp surprised by reaction to Kop salute

Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

London - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Thursday expressed surprise over the mirth provoked by his decision to salute the club's fans following the recent 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool snatched a point in the December 13 game at Anfield when Divock Origi scored a 96th-minute equaliser and afterwards Klopp and his players joined hands to salute the fans sitting on the Kop for their support.

The gesture sparked derision on social media, particularly from supporters of Liverpool's local rivals Everton, but Klopp said it was part of a strategy aimed at enhancing the connection between players and fans.

"It is really interesting for me as it is the first time in my life I have lived in a foreign country and I thought I knew a lot about England because I've been here a few times and I enjoyed it always," he said.

"We look similar, but it seems in some ways we are really different. It was a decision in the moment. I never planned it and thought, 'If we made a draw against West Brom, maybe we should.'

"I would like to be cooler, but I am pretty emotional. You can see it in my face sometimes.

"Sometimes I laugh more than I should, sometimes I look more angry than I should and sometimes no-one knows what my face should mean.

"I like to be close with the fans, but it is not a thing from one side. I cannot say, 'Come on, let's do this together.' We have to build it up. That is how it should be in football.

"For me it is always a common fight, always together."

Klopp was speaking ahead of his side's home game with leaders Leicester City on Saturday, when Liverpool will attempt to arrest a run of four games without victory in all competitions.

They will be without several senior players due to injury, with centre-back Martin Skrtel (hamstring) the latest victim, but goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and defender Dejan Lovren are due to return.

Fixtures
Thu 02 Jul 20 21:15 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
Liverpool
Etihad Stadium
Sat 04 Jul 20 13:30 PM (SAST)
Norwich City
Brighton & Hove Albion
Carrow Road
Sat 04 Jul 20 16:00 PM (SAST)
Leicester City
Crystal Palace
King Power Stadium
Results
Thu 02 Jul 20
Sheffield United 3
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Wed 01 Jul 20
West Ham United 3
Chelsea 2
Wed 01 Jul 20
AFC Bournemouth 1
Newcastle United 4
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
31
28
86
2. Manchester City
31
20
63
3. Leicester City
32
16
55
4. Chelsea
32
16
54