Garth Crooks Slams Jürgen Klopp For His Celebrations After Brighton Win

Garth Crooks Slams Jürgen Klopp For His Celebrations After Brighton Win
Dec 5, 2017

Brighton Liverpool News

After Chris Hughton’s recent comments on Jürgen Klopp’s celebrations, BBC pundit Garth Crooks has backed the Brighton manager. Hughton called out the German for his touchline antics during Liverpool’s 5-1 win on Saturday after Klopp’s frenzied celebrations and confronted him at the final whistle over his behaviour.

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BBC pundit Crooks sided with Hughton on the issue in his team of the week column. The pundit thinks that Klopp should have shaken his opponent’s hand before embarking on further post-game celebrations.

Klopp, much like Guardiola, is a ball of energy on the touchline, but their recent behaviour is beginning to rub opposition managers the wrong way.

Losing 5-1 is no fun, especially when Reds manager Jürgen Klopp is fist-pumping every goal and celebrating with his staff like it’s the final of the Champions League,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport team of the weekend column.

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I understand the importance of winning, but this was Brighton. What I do take exception to is any manager being kept waiting to shake hands once a game has finished, while his opposite number finishes hugging and kissing his players and staff in celebration of their victory,” Crooks added.

I sense this was exactly what happened after the final whistle, and why Chris Hughton tore a strip off Klopp immediately after the game and quite rightly. What is happening to the traditions of this great game? Has winning and money destroyed everything we hold dear?

The convention is we shake hands immediately after a game because it brings closure to the occasion, and it starts with the managers. The game’s conventions are bigger than any manager or player, and if either can’t be bothered to perform the duty, I suggest they find another profession that can afford their bad manners.

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