Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri insists Jurgen Klopp meant no disrespect towards Everton following his post-match celebration in Sunday’s 1-0 derby win
A 96th-minute winner from Divock Origi was enough for Liverpool to claim a memorable win over their Merseyside rivals.
Afterwards, an emotional Klopp was seen running onto the pitch at Anfield and embracing goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
The German coach later apologised to Everton counterpart Marco Silva, amid reports he could be charged by the English Football Association (FA).
“Every person is emotional and you saw that when you score in the last minute of the derby, the game was also fantastic, so there’s a lot of emotions in there,” Shaqiri told Sky Sports.
“It happens. Many coaches have done that before, it’s something nice and good, but it’s not to disrespect the opponent, it’s emotions and it happens in football. It was nice to see the emotions from the coach.”
On winning his first Merseyside derby, Shaqiri added: “It was an amazing feeling.
“You saw the emotions from the players and the coach, it was a really nice win.
“The spirit in the team is very good and that’s very important. We are working very closely together and it’s important to know each other better.
“We are like a small family. It has to stay like this and we have to enjoy our work every day. It reflects on the pitch.”
The Reds, who remain two points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City, will next face Burnley away on Wednesday.
“We know how hard the Premier League can be, you can lose points against any team,” admitted Shaqiri.
“We are not looking to Manchester City, it’s important to look at ourselves and take it game by game.
“We know Man City are at the top and playing very good football and are the favourites, but we are having a very good season and if we stay at this level everything can happen.
“We have to win games and then we will see what happens at the end of the season.”