Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has accepted the Football Association charge of misconduct for running on to the pitch after defeating Everton 1-0 and promised he will invade the pitch again. He ran to hug goalkeeper Alisson Becker after Divock Origi's last minute bizarre goal in Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Klopp has been fined £8,000 by the FA and warned about his future behavior. Admitting to his unremarkable act, the 51-year-old German said he couldn’t avoid it, but he deserved the fine for breaking the rule. He had already apologized for the incident and said he didn’t want to be disrespectful.
“The last time I did it was round about 14 years ago. In 14 years, I am probably not that quick anymore. It will be fine,” Klopp said.
Assuring such misconduct won’t happen again, Klopp said he learned from his mistakes and never had a problem to pay a fine.
Meanwhile, Everton counterpart Marco Silva said he had no issue with Klopp's actions. He said the celebration is a normal situation. When asked if the German deserved the hefty fine, Silva said he didn’t, but the FA has to decide the rules.
In defense of Klopp’s action, Rangers boss and former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard said managers have responsibilities, but it is difficult to control the emotions of the game.
Liverpool snatched away the three game points from their arch-rivals Everton in the 96th minute with Origi’s header following a frenzy moment near the net.