Pitch invader Klopp happy to accept fine
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has accepted his Football Association misconduct charge for running on the pitch after conceding it was a mistake.
The German raced into the centre circle to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson when Divock Origi scored a winner in the sixth minute of added time against Everton at Anfield on Sunday. He immediately apologised to Toffees boss Marco Silva afterwards but an FA charge was inevitable and Klopp, whom it is understood has been fined £8,000, has no issue with that.
“Absolutely OK. I couldn’t avoid it obviously, but that’s what the rules are for, and if you break rules you have to be fined for it,” he said.
“The last time I did it was around 14 years ago. I’m not that quick any more. It will be fine.”
Asked whether he would do it again, considering the circumstances and emotion of a Merseyside derby, he added: “Not in the next 14 years. I didn’t want to do it and I can say it won’t happen again. We make mistakes, but usually I learn from it. At least over a long period. There’s nothing to say actually. It’s a fine, I pay it. Let’s carry on.”
Klopp is keen to move on quickly, as his side are back in action again at Burnley on Wednesday.
The Clarets have made life difficult for Liverpool recently, with three of their previous six matches settled by one goal and their last meeting – on January 1 – won by Ragnar Klavan’s added-time strike.
“It was brilliant in the dressing room after the game (on Sunday) but can you carry it for two or three days? The whole season is still there, we feel in a good moment,” added Klopp.
The trip to Turf Moor will be the second game in a run of 10 matches in five weeks and Klopp is expected to make changes. A couple may be enforced as Sadio Mane sustained a cut foot in the derby while Andrew Robertson has a minor problem.
Won’t happen again: Jurgen Klopp.