There has been lots of criticism at Jürgen Klopp for his jubilant celebrations, his energetic reactions to moments on the pitch and his outward personality.
In particular, Brighton & Hove Albion’s boss Chris Hughton lashed out at the German manager after the 5-1 drubbing over the weekend, and suggestions from the media included Klopp “find another profession” if he can’t control his “bad manners”.
BBC’s Garth Crooks also took aim at Klopp after the match in the south, suggesting that Liverpool’s manager was “celebrating with his staff like it’s the final of the Champions League”.
The question after those accusations is simple – why shouldn’t Jürgen Klopp celebrate the success of the team that he is at the head of, celebrate the execution of his game plan that he has delivered to the team, and even celebrate the cohesion of the team that he has moulded and created from a 7th place finish.
Because he’s standing on the touchline and running the show means that he should be emotionless and accept the good and the bad equally?
He appears to be rather miffed when Liverpool makes a mistake or concedes what has become a trademark ‘blunder-goal’ off a set-piece.
So while more than 50,000 people roar around him when the ball finds the back of the net off a pearler from Roberto Firmino, or another notch on Mohamed Salah’s belt, Klopp has to ‘rise above’?
That seems ridiculous, considering he has had more of a hand in the achievements of the team than any other one individual.
The players all come together in a chorus of cheers, jubilation and celebration, and Klopp must stand above and ignore it all? We never would have had the Norwich Celebration after a late equaliser confirmed the 5-4 win in 2016.
We never would have seen Klopp hugging his players, allowing the squad rides on his back and we never would have seen the half-a-field sprint that ends in a fist pump in from of the Kop.
It’s ludicrous to deny the managers of football clubs the opportunity to revel in the celebration of their achievements, even if the achievement is a 5-1 win over a recently promoted side.
Even more than that, why should Klopp cower on his touchline sets next to his coaching staff when Liverpool record a big victory over relegation-threatened teams, only to be praised for it when it’s a goal against Chelsea or Manchester City?
That seems rather unfair, and more along the lines of removing the passion of the game completely. Klopp leads the cheers of the crowd, and celebrates hard than any season ticket holder or day-tripper at the grounds.
And we should let the German do it. Fans love the passion, they love the glory and they love the accessibility of their eccentric club commander.
Let the man celebrate, I say, and let the club enjoy their glories and victories when they come. There are plenty of lows for Klopp to furrow his brow at, and bark at his players for.
When the plan comes together, when Firmino bags two and Emre Can notches a header and Philippe Coutinho’s tricky free-kick stunner dribbles under a jumping wall, let the big man yell, rant and roar.
It’s the passion that football fans love, and stifling it is a road that no one wants to go down.