Jürgen Klopp is both a very funny man but at the same time can be a little odd. This was made very clear when Roberto Firmino won Liverpool a penalty on Sunday against Manchester City.
Roberto Firmino was felled in the City box by Gael Clichy in the second half and was awarded a penalty for his efforts. For the seventh time this season, James Milner stepped up and scored from the penalty spot with aplomb.
Yet, there was one man not watching.
For all his brilliant rationale, Jürgen Klopp is superstitious! He was facing the stands and used the fans reactions as a way to gauge whether or not Milner had scored.
— Phil Coutinho (@LfcNo10) March 19, 2017
Speaking after the game, Klopp discussed his superstitious approach to Liverpool and penalties.
“I don’t want to touch wood, but I hope it stays like this,” the gaffer told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The only reason I don’t watch them is because from the start of the season he is doing a job well without my support. So that’s why – I don’t want to be responsible if he fails one or misses one! That’s the only reason.”
Klopp has been doing the same thing all season and I for one don’t mind Klopp not watching a few penalties until the end of the season if it means they all go in.
This video of Klopp during Milner’s penalty against Hull will make your day. pic.twitter.com/x1XJBzIZtD
— Liverpool Family (@lfc_family) February 19, 2017
Despite Milner finding the back of the net for the seventh time of the season against City on Sunday, Liverpool had to make do with one point as Sergio Aguero rescued a point for the home side.
Liverpool remain in fourth place but Arsenal and Manchester United both still have two games in hand which could see them both leapfrog the Reds. Then again, both sides still have big games against top four rivals to come.
The battle for the Champions League places is certainly hotting up, that’s for sure.