Jürgen Klopp's Touchline Alan Partridge Moment Was A Joy To Behold

Everyone's enjoying the Liverpool manager's reaction to scoring against Hoffenheim

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Football managers aren't supposed to be happy. They're supposed to stalk the touchline like haunted men, or sit stoically in their chairs doing their best Fergie-chewing-gum impression. They're meant to furrow their brow at the 'pressure', dourly 'manage fan expectations' and suppress their seething contempt for the officials and the media into a time bomb of future coronary failure.

Which is precisely what makes Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp such a breath of fresh air, whether you support the club or not.

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Klopp will smile. Klopp will laugh. Klopp laugh off Barcelona publicly courting his best player. Klopp will respond to a nice goal in a Champions League qualifier against the fourth best team in the Bundesliga like Alan Partridge finding out he's got a second series.

Witness: his reaction to goal number three in last night's 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday night.

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It was a lovely team effort, with Georginio Wijnaldum feeding Sadio Mane down the wing who back-heeled cheekily for Roberto Firmino who then lofted a cross to Emre Can to volley home. The kind of goal that brings a team together, the kind of goal that vindicates the work on the training ground.

The kind of goal that makes Jürgen Klopp feel alive.

Fist-pumping like a nutter, the German ran towards the Scouse faithful and screamed the words "that's football!" at them.

Can you imagine any other manager doing this? Alan Pardew, possibly. Though in his case you'd feel it was planned all along and expect him to be sacked a week later. Mourinho? Conte? Pulis? No chance.

But Klopp, with his giant smile and his mad supply teacher glasses, pulls it off.

"That's football!"

And he's right: unbridled joy is what football should be about, at least some of the time. The man could probably celebrate Liverpool's next goal by shouting "cash back!" and still get away with it.

Whatever happens this season Jürgen, don't ever let English football beat you down.