Juergen Klopp on Tuesday accepted a charge of misconduct leveled by the English Football Association, saying “if you break rules you have to pay for it.”
The 51-year-old German had been charged after his exuberant celebrations following Divock Origi’s goal in the 96th minute for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby with Everton on Sunday which gave the Reds a 1-0 victory at Anfield.
Klopp raced towards his players and embraced goalkeeper Alisson Becker as the win kept Liverpool just two points adrift of English Premier League leader Manchester City.
The Liverpool manager had already admitted after the match his behavior was “not cool” and at his press conference yesterday said he held his hands up to the charge.
“That’s what rules are for. If you break rules you have to pay for it,” he said.
Watch Klopp’s crazy celebration aganist Everton
Klopp has received sympathy from the likes of City manager Pep Guardiola and yesterday more came from his opposing manager in the derby, Everton’s Marco Silva.
“In that moment I didn’t see what Juergen did,” said Silva.
“Now I saw and for me it’s not a matter. It’s the emotion of the game, it’s a normal situation. He’s celebrating.
“I don’t know if we had scored in that moment what would be my reaction.
“If you ask me, I think he shouldn’t (have been fined) but the FA has to decide what the rules are.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool was drawn away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in one of two all-EPL matchups in the draw for the third round of the FA Cup on Monday.