Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last night discussed the financial impact of his £45,000 FA fine.
West Ham 1-1 Liverpool
Joint-Premier League leaders Liverpool travelled to the London Stadium for a league clash with West Ham United earlier this month.
When all was said and done in the English capital, the Reds were forced to make do with a point, their second successive Premier League stalemate.
The Merseysiders took the game’s lead in controversial circumstances, when Sadio Mane headed home James Milner’s pinpoint cross.
Replays, though, immediately showcased the fact that Milner had been stood in an offside position ahead of his delivery into the West Ham box.
Justice was served when West Ham went on to pull level just 5 minutes later, though, as Michail Antonio got on the end of a cleverly-worked free-kick to slot home past Alisson.
And this was how things remained for the closing hour of the clash, with Liverpool having struggled to break down a surprisingly-stout West ham backline.
In the aftermath of his side’s disappointing result at the London Stadium, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp took aim at referee Kevin Friend, insinuating that the official’s decision-making throughout proceedings was influenced by the fact that the visitors’ opener should have been ruled out:
‘I heard our goal was offside, Klopp told reporters. I’m pretty sure the ref knew it.’
And, after accepting an FA charge based on his comments, the German tactician was hit with a £45,000 fine yesterday.
Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 after admitting his FA charge for comments he made about referee Kevin Friend.
The fine is Klopp’s second brush with the FA this season.https://t.co/Mf0Z9OUY1u
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‘Not that much’
As such, speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United tomorrow afternoon, Klopp was questioned on his sanction, with the former Borussia Dortmund boss having admitted that though he ‘will learn’ from his mistakes, the FA’s fine has not come as much of a blow in a financial sense:
‘For sure comments are pretty expensive!’
‘It is my second time with an FA fine. In Germany it was much more often, I was younger and I learn.’
‘Altogether it’s not that much money-wise.’
‘That’s how it is. I will learn, no problem.’
Quotes via Football365.