Klopp fined by FA for Mersey­side derby cel­e­bra­tion

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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.

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