Former England captain David Beckham has leapt to the defence of Jurgen Klopp by insisting the Liverpool manager's derby-day celebration is what football is all about.
Following Divock Origi's injury-time winner against Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday, Klopp sprinted on to the pitch to celebrate and embraced goalkeeper Alisson with a trademark hug.
The German manager has since accepted a misconduct charge from the Football Association relating to his actions, but Beckham has insisted Klopp cannot be blamed after such a dramatic finish to the game.
Reacting to Klopp's charge in an Instagram post, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star wrote: "For celebrating . Shows passion and what the game is all about… Last minute winner, who wouldn’t do this? Even if it is Liverpool, let the man celebrate 藍.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I have to apologise because I didn't want to be disrespectful but I couldn't stop myself. It just happened.
"The plan was not to run on. When I chose to stop I was close to Alisson. He was surprised! It was the last situation of the game. Both teams delivered an unbelievable fight."
Klopp's side return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor, as they look to keep up the pace with leaders Manchester City.