Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp caused quite a stir at the weekend. After Divock Origi scored a dramatic late winner in the Merseyside derby, the German stormed onto the pitch to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson.
It was a moment that divided opinion among pundits and fans. The FA were clearly not impressed. Klopp was today charged with misconduct and was fined £8,000.
Southampton fans might one day get to see a similar event. The Saints are believed to be on the brink of appointing Austrian football manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as the replacement for Mark Hughes.
The former RB Leipzig manager is currently without a club and should be in charge at Southampton before the weekend.
He knows Klopp well. The pair did their coaching badges together and he admitted to Bundesliga.com that the pair have plenty in common.
Including, running onto the pitch in celebration.
“[Klopp and I] did our coaching badges together and we know each other very well. I think we appreciate a similar philosophy on football – we want to play a high tempo game, we want our guys to sprint around, press well and these are elements which make the game livelier and varied and get people excited…
“…At times I run a bit too far onto the pitch. But that’s only in exceptional circumstances, and Jürgen does it too when a goal is scored!”
Southampton fans have had to suffer for a while now. They did not enjoy the football under Claude Puel. Mauricio Pellegrino struggled in England and his successor Hughes was hardly any better.
They will hope Hasenhuttl has a similar galvanising impact as Klopp has at Anfield.