Jurgen Klopp says he was not celebrating Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City at full-time but instead “looking for my missus” among the travelling supporters.
Liverpool twice hit back through goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane in Sunday’s contest at the Etihad Stadium after Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus had scored for City.
The draw keeps the Reds, who had won their previous 10 matches in the Premier League, one point behind leaders City with seven games to go.
While Liverpool produced a battling display to come away with a point, they were perhaps fortunate as City had a goal ruled out and Riyad Mahrez twice went close late on.
Klopp went over to the away fans, who were kept behind for a while after full-time, and gave a mini fist-pump celebration as his name was chanted.
However, the German coach later explained he was not cheering the result – which leaves City’s title fate in their own hands – but instead thanking the travelling hordes.
“I was looking for my missus to be honest, she was in there somewhere,” he said at his post-match news conference.
“No, come on, it’s not about celebrating something. It’s just about showing appreciation for something, to say thank you and go there [to the fans]. The support was incredible.
“We could calm down the City ground slightly with the football we played in moments, but there were other moments when they were really on their toes, so I liked this game.”
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Asked if he found his wife among the fans, Klopp replied: “No, but she was there, so it is all fine.”
Klopp and opposite number Pep Guardiola exchanged words on the touchline towards the end of the game before embracing at full-time after a classic encounter.
“I forgot what we were talking about. It was not a proper hug, it was more a slap on the back,” he said when asked about the incident.
“There was no argument or anything; I just forgot what it was about.”
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