LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp has accepted his Football Association misconduct charge for running on the pitch on Sunday, conceding it had been a mistake.
The German (pictured) raced onto the field to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson Becker when Divock Origi scored a 96th-minute winner against Everton at Anfield.
Toffees boss Marco Silva was one of a number of fellow managers to defend Klopp’s actions but an FA charge was inevitable and the Reds coach, whom it is understood has been fined £8,000, has no issue with his punishment.
‘Absolutely okay, to be honest. 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,’ Klopp, whose side travel to Burnley tonight, said. ‘That’s what happened, no problem with that, it’s completely normal.
‘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. 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 and you would say “that’s nice” (and) the whole bench would run there. I don’t think anybody thought it’s massively wrong. It’s a fine, I pay it. Let’s carry on.’