STEVEN GERRARD reckons Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield celebrations proves that there is still emotion in the game.

The Liverpool boss has apologised for running onto the park to hug keeper Alisson in the aftermath of Divock Origi’s dramatic winner against Everton.

Klopp has accepted a misconduct charge from the Football Association and been hit with an £8,000 fine as well as being warned about his future behaviour.

Reds legend Gerrard saw his former club clinch the Merseyside bragging rights after guiding Rangers to the top of the Premiership with victory over Hearts on Sunday.

And the 38-year-old revelled in the action against Everton and the battle at Tynecastle all four teams went head-to-head on both sides of the border.

Gerrard said: “He ran about 30 yards less than me when I celebrated a goal!

“Listen, it’s an emotional sport and an emotional game. You win a derby in the 96th minute, emotions naturally take over your body and your decision making.

“I can understand it. I love Jurgen Klopp for who he is. He’s real, he’s authentic.

“Of course, us as managers have a responsibility to try and tame it as much as we can, but sometimes that it is difficult. He’s come out and apologised and it is what it is.

“I think there is a big problem in this sport if we take celebrating out of it.

“It’s not the reason why we love Jurgen Klopp, but is [Jose] Mourinho not famous for sprinting down the touchline? Do the viewers not love this?

“Of course, you open yourself up to be punished, but I don’t think we can actually criticise people for being emotional.

“I love that side of people. I love it when they are real and let themselves go.

“Of course you must respect the opposition managers and coaches, but to celebrate a big win or a big goal, I want that to stay.

“At times, it’s spontaneous. We celebrated our win at Tynecastle because it was a big win which helped send us to the top of the league.

“But, at the same time, I wanted to make sure I shook hands with the opposition manager and coaches after a great contest.

“It seems like after a great game, we are talking about officials, players behaviour within the game.

“For me, it was a great contest between Morelos and Berra. I thought Berra stood up to Morelos really well at times, was really physical and aggressive with him and stopped him a lot of times.

“I thought Alfredo gave as much back and it was a great contest. Alfredo won the battle and we should be talking about the two players doing really well to make it such a good game. What was wrong within it? That’s what football is about.”