Klopp fined by FA for Merseyside derby celebration
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has vowed to not repeat his celebration in Sunday’s Merseyside derby again after being fined £8,000 by the English Football Association.
Klopp reacted to Divock Origi’s stoppage-time winner against Everton at Anfield by running to the center circle and celebrating with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.
The FA said in a statement on Tuesday that the Reds boss “admitted an FA improper conduct charge and accepted the standard penalty.”
“I didn’t want to do it and I can say it won’t happen again,” Klopp told a news conference on Tuesday. “It was not on my radar that it was still possible.
“We make mistakes, but usually I learn from it -- at least over a long period. It’s not a massive mistake. If there was no rule against it, we as managers would constantly celebrate on the pitch.
“I don’t think anybody thought it’s massively wrong or whatever, not even the ref -- they were probably surprised themselves. There’s nothing to say actually. It’s a fine, I pay it. Let’s carry on.”
Klopp said he apologised to his counterpart Marco Silva at the final whistle on Sunday, although that version of events was disputed by the Everton manager in the immediate aftermath.
However, Silva told a news conference on Tuesday that he does not feel Klopp’s actions warranted punishment from the FA.
“If you ask me, I think he shouldn’t [be fined],” Silva said. “But the FA has to decide the rules.
“Of course in that moment, the manager cannot think of fines or not. It’s a moment to celebrate. I know the last two days everybody is talking about the situation.
“But, for me, it’s not even a matter because it’s normal in football. It’s really important as well, even if sometimes you get fined. It’s something important, this passion of the game.”
Klopp will be in the dugout on Wednesday as Liverpool travel to Burnley in the Premier League.
Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson are doubts for the trip to Turf Moor with injuries sustained in the Merseyside derby.
“Sadio and Robbo, we need to have another look at today,” Klopp said. “Sadio really had an awful cut on his foot. It needed to be stitched. He is OK, but walking around here now in flip-flops and you don’t play in flip-flops. That means in this moment he is not ready, but we will see later.