By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp led a post-match salute to Anfield yesterday and Twitter exploded with mirth.
The Liverpool manager urged his players to make a hand-held chain in front of supporters after they had clinched a 2-2 draw against West Brom courtesy of a last-gasp Divock Origi equaliser.
Origi’s deflected shot levelled proceedings in the 96 minute and, shortly afterwards, Klopp and his players celebrated in front of the Kop.
The move divided social networking site Twitter as some Liverpool fans seemed bemused while rival fans screamed with laughter.
Liverpool celebrating a draw like they've won the Champions League. You can change the manager but you can't change the small mentality
— Gooner Gimli (@GoonerGimli) December 13, 2015
Liverpool winning the league today & celebrating in front of the Kop. Oh wait, no, they drew to West Brom at home. ???? pic.twitter.com/ze7LK6RZcw
— Serge Adam ⚽️????⚫️⚪️ (@SergeMUFC) December 13, 2015
What are Liverpool doing?! Holding hands and celebrating in front of crowd like they are 2 games from the title and Gerrard is about to slip
— Kev (@GarrulousGooner) December 13, 2015
Love Liverpool fans, 1 week thinking they are back in the 80s and now celebrating a home draw with a pub side ????????
— Raj (@Raj_Shah95) December 13, 2015
Despite the barrage of sarcasm, there was plenty of support for Klopp’s decision, with many Liverpool fans arguing that these kind of post-match scenes are common place in the manager’s native Germany.
Klopp spent seven years at Borussia Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga twice, and led similar celebrations there.
Just this weekend the Dortmund players sang Jingle Bells to their fans in their final game before the German winter break.
Klopp is trying really hard to build bond between players & supporters – he knows that a rocking Anfield can set the tone for #LFC.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) December 13, 2015
After the celebrations Klopp explained his actions.
“It felt like three points, I know it’s only one. This moment it was like an explosion. It was the best atmosphere since I’ve been here, I really enjoyed it,” he said at his post-match media conference on Sunday. “At the end I just wanted to say thank you, I don’t know if this is normal in England or things like this.”
Liverpool sit ninth in the Premier League table and travel to Watford next weekend.