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Jurgen Klopp defends Mikel Arteta and Arsenal against unwarranted criticism

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has thrown his support behind Mikel Arteta amidst the ongoing criticism aimed at the Arsenal boss

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has thrown his support behind Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta amidst the ongoing debate over excessive celebrations in football, asserting his indifference to criticism aimed at his own exuberant gestures.

The German addressed the controversy sparked by his jubilant reactions during Liverpool’s recent victory over Luton Town. Klopp’s animated celebrations stirred discussions regarding the appropriateness of such displays, especially with significant fixtures still looming in the Premier League calendar.

Klopp’s stance resonates with Arteta’s recent experience after Arsenal’s spirited 3-1 triumph over Liverpool, which drew scrutiny from pundits and rival fans alike. Critics, including former Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, questioned the extent of Arsenal’s celebrations, suggesting they were disproportionate to the occasion.

Responding to Carragher’s remarks and similar criticisms, Klopp emphasised his disregard for external opinions on celebratory behavior. He reaffirmed the personal and communal significance of such moments for himself and his team, dismissing any notion of impropriety.

Jurgen Klopp said: “I heard the discussions that Mikel over-celebrated the win against us. That definitely did not come from me.

“You do what you do for yourself and your people and what the outside world thinks about it, I couldn’t give a sh***, to be honest. And you can write that exactly like that.

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“You can make of my celebrations what you want. I didn’t invent fist-pumps and I don’t have the copyright on it and I don’t want it. This is for us and nobody else. Who likes it, likes it, and who doesn’t like it, doesn’t like it.”

Likewise, Arteta defended Arsenal’s post-match revelry, stating the emotional investment and passion inherent in such displays. Despite facing backlash, Arteta asserted the team’s right to express their joy publicly, highlighting the significance of the victory over Liverpool and its impact on morale.

“I love it because I’ve seen managers at the Emirates on their knees, managers going across the pitch. I love it because it brings so much passion and emotion to the game.

“When you do something publicly some people will think positively, some negatively. We behave how we think is right to behave and we don’t want to lose that.

“It was a big match for us, you could tell from the atmosphere in the stadium. It was a great day,” Arteta said.

Arteta’s sentiments were echoed by Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard, who challenged the notion of over-celebration, prompting reflection on the essence of sporting triumphs and the freedom to savor them.

“If you are not allowed to celebrate when you win a game when are you allowed to celebrate?”

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